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An immersive experience like no other.

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Sit back. Close your eyes. Get comfortable

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to explore the extraordinary potential of your own mind. Conjured entirely by light and music, a colourful world will unfold behind your closed eyes, created by the power of your own brain and completely unique to you. The most complex technology required is the brain itself.

This extraordinary experience will offer you an entirely new way to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with both yourself and others.

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What will you see? What will you feel?

Only you will know, because every experience of the Dreamachine is completely personal.

You might see patterns and shapes, cities and landscapes, or abstract waves of shifting colours. It might feel like a rollercoaster ride, a journey through time and space, or you might even drift into sleep.

A seated, multisensory experience with 360 degree spatial sound, you’ll be able to experience Dreamachine in one of four spectacular city centre venues across the UK this summer.

What do people see?

Every Dreamachine experience is completely unique. Explore our library of Reflections from Dreamachine participants.
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The Two Dreamachine Experiences

Designed by Assemble, with a team of leading technologists, scientists and philosophers, Dreamachine features a new score in 360 spatial sound created specially for the experience by Grammy-nominated composer Jon Hopkins.

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High Sensory

Fast flashing bright lights – known as strobe lighting – and 360 degree spatial audio are combined to create this deeply immersive experience.

The effects used mean the High Sensory experience is not suitable for those who are pregnant, some people with epilepsy or other potential sensitivities to fast flashing lights and loud sounds.

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Deep Listening

The Deep Listening experience is a 360 degree spatial audio experience with a gentle, curated lightscape. It does not contain fast flashing lights and it has been designed to make the experience as accessible as possible to those who may have sensitivities to strobe lighting or high sensory environments.

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Which experience should I attend?

To find out which experience is suitable for you, please complete our pre-booking form.

Locations

Dreamachine is coming to four spectacular and unique venues this summer.

Woolwich Public Market, SE18 7BZ 10 May - 24 July 2022

Premiering in London, Dreamachine will transform the Grade II listed Woolwich Public Market. Located on Plumstead Road, the Market was built in 1931 and is the earliest known example of a Lamella roof to survive in England. It has been dormant since 2018, so the presentation of Dreamachine will reawaken the space and provide the public with an opportunity to reconnect with this historic building in the heart of the town centre, ahead of the future regeneration of the area.

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Temple of Peace, CF10 3AP 12 May - 18 June 2022

This beautiful building was designed to ‘change the world’. A fitting space for current times, it was built in the wake of the First World War, designed to be a place of inspiration, actively furthering the causes of international peace. The experience will live within this magnificent Art Deco civic temple, providing you with a unique and poignant setting for internal reflection.

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Carlisle Memorial Church 25 July - 4 September 2022

Carlisle Memorial Church is one of the city’s most striking buildings, which has served as a gateway to North Belfast since 1875. After ceasing to be a place of worship in the 1980s, the church fell into disrepair before a major campaign in 2008 to secure its regeneration. This summer, Dreamachine will revitalise the venue and contribute to the return of the building as a vibrant and shared community space.

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Murrayfield Ice Rink 13 August - 25 September 2022

Dreamachine will reimagine Murrayfield Ice Rink this summer, transforming this Art Deco space after it was recently forced to close its doors due to Covid-19. Built in 1938, it has been home to one of the world’s most popular ice rinks, providing a central hub of entertainment and events for generations of locals.

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What is the Dreamachine experience?

The Dreamachine is an immersive experience with music and light, designed to be enjoyed with your eyes closed. You will be comfortably seated throughout the experience.

It is inspired by an extraordinary 1959 invention by artist Brion Gysin, described as the ‘first artwork to be experienced with your eyes closed’. The 21st Century Dreamachine has been created by a team of leading minds in architecture, technology, music, neuroscience, and philosophy, including Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble and Grammy-nominated composer Jon Hopkins.

You’ll be able to experience Dreamachine in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh between May and September 2022.
The first release of tickets for London and Cardiff are available now. All tickets to the Dreamachine are free.

The Dreamachine immersive experience is part of a wider Dreamachine programme exploring perception, illusion and the power of the mind. It is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

Can I come if I don’t have a ticket in advance?

Yes, you can come if you don’t have a ticket in advance and join our walk-up queue. 

Many Dreamachine sessions are sold out, but we often have people who can no longer attend. If ticket bookers do not show up for the start time of their session, their tickets will be released on a first-come-first-serve basis to people who have joined our walk-up queue . 

You can join the walk-up queue any time of day to try and get a ticket for the next available session by speaking to the box office at each venue. The box office will allocate you a numbered walk-up ticket so you know your place in the line. You can choose to wait outside the venue or return 15 minutes before the next available session begins. If you do not get into the upcoming session, you can continue to wait for the following session. Sessions take place every 1 – 1.5 hours.

We cannot guarantee that you will be admitted but we encourage you to try your luck, especially for daytime weekday sessions and morning weekend sessions. 

In Woolwich there is a nearby outdoor market, high street and the Royal Arsenal to explore. 

In Cardiff, Alexandra Park is moments away and National Museum Cardiff has free entry. 

Please fill out the pre-event form before coming.

How do I get there?

Dreamachine London

Woolwich Public Market
Plumstead Road
Woolwich
SE18 7BZ

Plan your journey using the TFL journey planner.

If you’re exiting the DLR or National Rail at Woolwich Arsenal onto Beresford Square, turn right towards Plumstead Road. If you’re exiting the Elizabeth Line at Woolwich, turn left and you will see the venue across the main road.

Dreamachine Cardiff

Temple of Peace
King Edward VII Ave
Cardiff
CF10 3AP

Temple of Peace is a 23 minute walk from Cardiff Central station.

How do I book a ticket?

Tickets are free and are available now in London (first release) and Cardiff (full release). To book, please visit the Immersive Experience page of the website. You can book tickets over the phone, online, or in person through the relevant Box Office. For Belfast and Edinburgh, tickets will be available to book from mid June. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to find out when tickets are live.

How do I contact the Box Office?

If you have queries regarding tickets or customer service please contact the box office.

Woolwich Works:
tickets@woolwich.works
+4420 8035 8835
Woolwich Works website

St David’s Hall:
02920 878444
St David’s Hall website

If you have queries regarding the programme, accessibility or the experience, please contact dreamachine@collectiveact.co.uk.

What will I need to show on arrival for entry?

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session time. When you arrive at the venue, you will need to show your ticket to the front of house staff to enter. If you are attending the High Sensory Dreamachine experience, you will also need to show proof you have completed a pre-booking form alongside personal identification. If you are aged 18-25 you must be able to provide photographic ID as proof of age. If you are over 25 you will only need to show proof of your name.