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

Engaging millions of people across the UK, Dreamachine is 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 pop-up in Hackney, London, offering an intimate version of the 5* reviewed immersive experience. Designed to feel like a campfire, Studio Dreamachine hosts up to 12 people at a time and is a unique way to reconnect with yourself and others. We’re open daily, with multiple sessions across the day.


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
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The Perception Census

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.

Our landmark citizen science study, The Perception Census, investigates the unique ways we each experience the world around us, shining a light on our inner universes on a scale never before attempted. We’ve now finished the current phase of data collection and will be developing our research findings, with results released over a 3 year period.

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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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