16 December 2008

Luke Jerram is the artist behind Dream Director, a unique art event and exploration of how far sound and music can shape what and how we dream.

Originally commissioned for Watershed Bristol and part of FACT's current DING>>D0NG exhibition, Dream Director invites you to sleep overnight in specially designed pods within The Box at FACT. You will be given eye masks that detect Rapid Eye Movement (REM) - the indicator of dream sleep. Once you reach dream state, a computer will trigger ambient sounds which play from small speakers mounted into the pod in an attempt to affect the nature and content of your dreams.

Exploring the boundaries of participants' conscious and subconscious minds, Dream Director asks questions about the ethics of and possibilities for creating art in dream space. It is also a new tool for sleep science and clinical applications that raises questions about the rules of interaction and boundaries of science and art.