Explore the extraordinary potential of your mind

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Fusing world-class artists with leading academic researchers

Dreamachine is an award-winning programme sparking insight, reflection and curiosity in millions of people of all ages. In a unique collaboration, our interdisciplinary collective, including Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Anil Seth and a team of leading artists, technologists, scientists and philosophers, set out to explore and chart our inner worlds. 

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A one-of-a-kind immersive experience

Conjured entirely by light and music, the colourful world of Dreamachine unfolds behind your closed eyes. Like a campfire, the experience is held in the round, and as you take a seat within the circle, flickering white light and 360-degree spatial sound weave seamlessly together to generate a luminous and technicolour internal world – all created by the power of your own brain and completely unique to you.

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Research with transformative potential

We’re investigating the unique ways we experience the world around us, with the public directly contributing to our pioneering research, helping to shape our understanding of the human mind. Our landmark citizen science study, The Perception Census, shines a light on our inner universes on a scale never before attempted, with almost 35,000 people from 133 countries taking part. 

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Inspiring young minds

Combining science and art, our learning programme features free resources designed to inspire children and young people to creatively explore the power of the human mind. Developed in partnership with A New Direction, the British Science Association and UNICEF UK, there are 30 accredited lesson plans as well as our interactive children’s survey Life’s Big Questions to explore. 

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.
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The story behind Dreamachine

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