Dream Machine is an experiment in group storytelling and featured the work of over 50 artists and animators: it is a strange story of sleep experimentation and imagination told through comics, live performance, radio broadcast and twitter. Commissioned for Brighton’s White Night Festival 2010 and directed by Sarah Bird, Kate Genevieve and Abbie Stanton the narrative culminated in an animation projection event that lit up the Georgian mansion, Marlborough House, in Central Brighton.
The Dream Machine story was introduced through the month of October in two comics newspapers (printed by Newspaper Club) that told an alternative history of Marlborough House. Animation projections provided the culmination of this story on the 30th October. Animators on the BANG network were invited to animate the dreams of the sleepers inside the building breaking out onto Brighton's streets: from octopus tentacles smashing through windows to intricate generative visions.
The animation played on a rolling programme from 7pm to 3am and was seen by a couple of thousand people. Seb Lee Delisle created an interactive projection which took the dreams of the festival goers – texted and tweeted to us on the night – and inscribed them onto the mansion. Seb has blogged about his use of Processing to create these interactive projections.
Here's a 3 minute talk explaining the project given at FOTB:
The Dream Machine website has more information, full credits and a link to the comic newspapers online.
Photos of the event on Flickr
Dr Hobson in his Dream Machine: Andy P