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A Dream Hotel with Carsten Höller

Yechen Zhu

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We are working with MIT CAST Visiting Artist Carsten Höller to build prototypes for a Dream Hotel museum exhibition which will translate experiments from the sleep neuroscience lab into the artistic context. From the Center for Art, Science and Technology at MIT: 

"Professor Pattie Maes and graduate student Adam Haar of MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Lab work with artist Carsten Höller to explore experiences that cross the borders of wake and sleep. Höller, with both a scientific doctorate and an installation art practice, combines experiment design and experience design in his work. 

The Fluid Interfaces Lab creates tools to inspire and alter dreams, using muscle stimulation, bone conduction audio, smell delivery, and temperature changes administered in sleep to engineer dream experience. 

Together they are designing experiential prototypes and environments approximating the circadian cycles of consciousness, lucidity, and dreams to provoke new kinds of perceptual receptivity and disorientation."

This project will be hugely collaborative. Already work has begun with Media Labbers David Su, Abhinandan Jain, Irm… View full description

We are working with MIT CAST Visiting Artist Carsten Höller to build prototypes for a Dream Hotel museum exhibition which will translate experiments from the sleep neuroscience lab into the artistic context. From the Center for Art, Science and Technology at MIT: 

"Professor Pattie Maes and graduate student Adam Haar of MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Lab work with artist Carsten Höller to explore experiences that cross the borders of wake and sleep. Höller, with both a scientific doctorate and an installation art practice, combines experiment design and experience design in his work. 

The Fluid Interfaces Lab creates tools to inspire and alter dreams, using muscle stimulation, bone conduction audio, smell delivery, and temperature changes administered in sleep to engineer dream experience. 

Together they are designing experiential prototypes and environments approximating the circadian cycles of consciousness, lucidity, and dreams to provoke new kinds of perceptual receptivity and disorientation."

This project will be hugely collaborative. Already work has begun with Media Labbers David Su, Abhinandan Jain, Irmandy Wicaksono, and with Yechen Zhu (RISD), Wendi Yan (Princeton), Seth Riskin and of course Carsten Höller + more. Hopefully we will have a Sleepover Hackathon come winter. 

Above: A prototype for an immersive flying experience to seed flying dreams, by Wendi Yan