The Dream Machine

Directed by Alan Govenar


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Details: 2009, 3 minutes Director: Alan Govenar, with support from The Florence Gould Foundation

The Dream Machine was a device built by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville while living in the Beat Hotel in Paris in 1960. They were attempting to stimulate the brains alpha patterns with a rythmic strobing light effect and produce a natural high. The machine is quite possibly the only work of art meant to be looked at with your eyes closed.

This short video shows Columbia University's Dream Machine being setup, turned on and functioning. The short is included in the Beat Hotel DVD.