Aiurart, Bucharest: The Dreammachine

Oana Ionel –  The Dreammachine

10th of July – 3rd of August, Aiurart Contemporary Art Space

Curator: Olivia Nițiș.

Opening: Wednesday, 10th of July, at 19.00h, @Aiurart (Bucharest, Lirei 21).

The Dreammachine

“Had a transcendental storm of colour visions today in the bus going to Marseilles. We ran through a long avenue of trees and I closed my eyes against the setting sun. An overwhelming flood of intensely bright colors exploded behind my eyelids: a multidimensional kaleidoscope whirling out through space. I was swept out of time. I was out in a world of infinite number. The vision stopped abruptly as we left the trees. Was that a vision? What happened to me?" (Extract from the diary of Brion Gysin, December 21, 1958).

The Dreammachine has been described as the first work of art to be seen with your eyes closed. Pulsating light stimulates the optical nerve and alters the brain's electrical oscillations. Under the influence of William Grey Walter's book, The Living Brain, along with Ian Somerville, Brion Gysin built The Dream Machine in 1961, a slotted cylindrical object whose rotational speed allows inside light to propagate with a constant frequency between 8 to 13 pulses per second.

This frequency corresponds to alpha waves, electrical oscillations in the brain while relaxing.
The Dreammachine is an installation of light, sound and video in which the artist appropriates the experiment from 1960s to explore the psychological and theoretical dimensions of the gaze, from the image awareness regarded as aesthetic reality, to the internalization of the image as a pure sensitive element. Oana Ionel recreates and recontextualizes a sensory trail complicating the gaze on the border of hypnotic relaxation and discomfort. The apparently scientific aspect of the story surrounding the machine goes down to a science fiction fixed on the immaterial, inner visual experience, a psychedelic lyrical technological experience specific to late avant-garde. Such a proposal in a contemporary world where addiction holds a different type of representation has the effect of a vitage object.

Caution! The device responsible for the production of strong visual stimuli can be dangerous for people suffering from photosensitive epilepsy.

Organizatori: Aiurart, Experimental Project

Parteneri: Radio Romania Cultural, Zeppelin, All Hollow, Tataia, Sapte Seri, Senso TV Arte, TVCity, Modernism, Designist,, Metropotam, ArtClue, ArtAct Magazine, Asdesign95, A R_chitecture T V, Liternet.


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