The Dream Director was an immersive installation created by Luke Jerram and his team of specialists at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol 2007.
Over a duration of 2-3 nights members of the public slept over in the gallery in specially constructed 'pods'.
The Dream Director is also a new tool for sleep science and clinical applications which raises questions about the rules of interaction and boundaries of science and art.
The Dream Director installation has completed its UK tour. With funding from the Arts Council, the installation has been exhibited at the Arnolfini, At-Bristol, ICA in London, FACT in Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea and Compton Verney.
Independent on Sunday Dream Director read
BBC World Service Dream Director at the ICA
Culture24 Dream Director at the De La Warr Pavillion read
Radio 5 Live Dream Director at the ICA
The Times Dream Director, Double page story by Juliet Rix read
Freize Art Magazine Issue 118
The Argus Dream Director at the De La Warr Pavillion read
Reuters film about Dream Director at the De La Warr Pavillion distributed globally
The first Dream Director prototype was built in 2005/6 at the University of West of England with an AHRC Arts and Science Research Fellowship. It was created to further our understanding of the affects of sound on sleep and to inform new Sky Orchestra compositions. Collaborators Dr Chris Alford and Dr Jennie Parker believe our research to have both artistic outputs and clinical applications for people suffering from trauma who commonly experience nightmares. Analysing data collected from the UK tour of the Dream Director, this research is still ongoing. Read about this in the AHRC journal - Podium.
Two programmes were made about our research for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. Listen to the feature BBC Radio4 "All in the Mind".