Explore the extraordinary potential of your mind

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A new, one-of-a-kind immersive experience

Created by Collective Act, in collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Grammy and Mercury nominated composer Jon Hopkins, and a team of leading technologists, scientists and philosophers, Dreamachine invites you on a magical journey to explore the extraordinary potential of your mind.

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The Impact of Dreamachine

In 2022 Dreamachine engaged over a million people across the UK in a major interdisciplinary programme fusing world class artists with leading scientific researchers. Read more about the story and the impact of our programme here.

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Welcome to Studio Dreamachine

Visit our new pop-up space in the centre of Hackney where you can experience a pilot version of Dreamachine in an intimate setting.

Studio Dreamachine is designed to feel like a campfire and hosts up to 12 people at a time. Open 6 days a week with shows from morning to evening, you can visit on your lunch break, way to work, or gather as a group for an evening session with friends and family.

Reflections from Dreamachine

What do people see and feel in the Dreamachine? Everyone has a completely unique experience. Explore our evolving Reflections Library to see the striking range of drawings created by our visitors, and find your own.
View drawings and find your own

The Perception Census

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Do you see what I see?

Do you see the world as it really is? It may seem to you that you do – that the world, with its colours and sounds and people and places, pours itself directly into your mind through your eyes and your ears, through all your senses. But research into perception – into how the brain makes sense of the information it receives – tells a very different story.

Take part in The Perception Census and learn about your powers of perception with games, illusions and brain teasers that explore how our senses create the world around us.

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Watch the introduction to Dreamachine

Schools programme

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Learning Resources and Life's Big Questions

Our major UK wide learning programme, developed in partnership with A New Direction, the British Science Association and UNICEF UK, is built around the ideas, themes and possibilities explored through Dreamachine - the power of the human mind, our sense of self, how we see the world, and how we connect with others.

We created over 30 accredited lesson plans in Science, Citizenship, and Health and Wellbeing, as well as Life’s Big Questions - our nationwide free interactive children’s survey for ages 7+, which brought some of the biggest philosophical questions into thousands of homes and classrooms across the world.

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How would it feel to walk in someone else’s shoes?

The answer may not be what you would expect. Researchers behind The Perception Census are hoping to get under the skin of the differences in the way we see the world and how this affects everything from our politics to our relationships.

The Perception Census remains open until 2023, but we’ve started to collate and share some exciting initial findings.

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