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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 can still experience Dreamachine in Edinburgh until 25 September.

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 now closed in London, Cardiff and Belfast but you can still catch it in Edinburgh until 25 September. Don't miss out.

13 August - 25 September 2022 Murrayfield Ice Rink Get Directions

Dreamachine reimagines 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.

Please note there are currently road works taking place near Murrayfield Ice Rink which may cause your journey to take longer than usual, so please allow plenty of time to get to the venue.

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Now closed Carlisle Memorial Church

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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Now closed Woolwich Public Market, SE18 7BZ

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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Now closed Temple of Peace, CF10 3AP

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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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 Edinburgh until 25 September 2022. 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. Morning slots tend to be quieter so the chance of getting a ticket is high.

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 morning sessions.  

Please fill out the pre-booking form before coming.

How do I get there?

Dreamachine Edinburgh

Murrayfield Ice Rink
Riversdale Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 5XN

Download directions here.

Please note there are currently road works taking place near Murrayfield Ice Rink which may cause your journey to take longer than usual, so please allow plenty of time to get to the venue.

 

How do I book a ticket?

Tickets are free. To book a ticket for Dreamachine in Edinburgh please visit the Get Tickets page on our website. Walk up tickets are available at the venue. See our FAQ ‘Can I come if I don’t have a ticket in advance?’ for more information.

How do I contact the Box Office?

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

Edinburgh – EIF:
boxoffice@eif.co.uk
0131 473 2000
EIF 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.

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