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An immersive experience like no other

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Sit back. Close your eyes. Get comfortable.

Dreamachine is an invitation to explore the extraordinary potential of your own mind. A new kind of secular temple, the experience provides a rare space for shared refection.

Like a campfire, the experience is held in the round, and as you close your eyes, a bath of light and sound weave seamlessly together to generate a richly technicolour internal world, created by the power of your own brain and completely personal to you. 

A multi-sensory experience with 360 degree spatial audio, Dreamachine offers 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 sell out success across every nation of the UK in 2022, from 2024, Dreamachine will begin to tour internationally, already attracting interest from 40 cities, in 25 countries, across 6 continents – and counting. Learn more about Dreamachine’s future plans and explore other parts of the programme by signing up to our newsletter.

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

Created by Collective Act, in collaboration with a team of leading technologists, artists, scientists and philosophers, Dreamachine features a spatial design by Assemble, and a new score in 360 spatial sound composed for the experience by Grammy-nominated composer Jon Hopkins.

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High Sensory

This once-in-a-lifetime 360 degree spatial audio experience will take you on an extraordinary journey into the potential of your mind.  Combining flickering white lights – known as strobe lighting – with a bespoke score, High Sensory is a deeply personal and immersive experience. For many, the choreography of lights and music conjures colourful patterns and visuals behind closed eyes. The experience is created by your own brain and completely unique to you.

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Deep Listening

Curl up in a blanket, sit back, close your eyes and get lost in a moment that is just for you. Deep Listening is an audio experience with the same score as High Sensory, but designed to be enjoyed in the dark.

The experience does not contain flashing lights and is considered suitable for autistic people and those with epilepsy, a learning disability, or a sensitivity to strobe lighting or high sensory environments. If you are sensitive to loud music, ear defenders or ear plugs can be provided.

Locations

All of the locations that host Dreamachine have a unique story, with each venue bringing it's own personality and dimension to the experience.

July - December 2023

Studio Dreamachine was our pilot version of Dreamachine in a more intimate setting, seating 12 people at a time, and ran at Hackney Downs Studios from July to December 2023. During our sell-out UK tour, many visitors asked for Dreamachine to be available permanently, as they found it offered multiple benefits to their mental health and wellbeing. The Studio was designed to provide a new space for reflection and relaxation that was accessible and easy to integrate into everyday life - something you could pop into on your lunch break, on your way to work, or for an evening out with friends and family.

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August - September 2022

Dreamachine reimagined Murrayfield Ice Rink, 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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July - August 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. Dreamachine's visit helped to revitalise the venue and contributed to the return of the building as a vibrant and shared community space.

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May - July 2022

Premiering in London, Dreamachine transformed 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 reawakened the space and provided 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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May - 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 Dreamachine experience was live within this magnificent Art Deco civic temple from 12 May - 18 June 2022, providing audiences with a unique and poignant setting for internal reflection.

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Dreamachine will be reopening in the UK and touring internationally soon. To hear the news first, sign up to our mailing list below.

Love Dreamachine so much you'd like to have one in your local area? Do you live outside of the UK and wish Dreamachine had come to your town?

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FAQs

What is the Dreamachine experience?

The Dreamachine is a seated, multisensory immersive experience with music and light, designed to be enjoyed with your eyes closed. Learn more.

How do I visit Dreamachine?

Dreamachine will be reopening in the UK and touring internationally soon. To hear the news first, sign up to our mailing list below.

 

How does the High Sensory experience work?

The rich inner journeys created by the High Sensory Dreamachine experience are linked to something known as ‘entrainment’ – gentle changes to brain activity created by synchronisation to flickering light, which affects activity in the visual areas of the brain. The frequency of the light provides a ‘beat’ for the rhythms of the brain, similar to the ‘alpha’ rhythm – a brain state normally associated with relaxation. This discovery was first made by the pioneering British neuroscientist Dr Grey Walter in the 1950s.

The question of exactly why flickering light gives rise to such vivid experiences is still unanswered. Our scientific team at the Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex, have been investigating this mystery for over a decade and exploring what it might reveal about the nature of consciousness. For a deeper dive into the subjects behind the Dreamachine, visit our Discover page.

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