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Re: <nettime> THE THIRD MIND
Arthur Clay on Sat, 13 Oct 2007 22:24:03 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> THE THIRD MIND

The 3rd Mind

Art Clay (CHE), Corrina Mattner & Sebastian Ulbrich (DEU)
The Dream Machine was conceived by artist and writer Brion Gysin in
the early sixties with the help of the Scientist Ian Sommerville. It
consist of a cylinder with slots cut into its sides and it is placed
on a turntable that is set at the speed of 78 rpm. A light, suspended
on a wire into the center of the spinning cylinder, allows light to
come out from the slots as it spins on the turntable. The user sits
comfortably in front of the Dreamachine, with the closed eyes
approximately at center (half height) of the cylinder and quite close
(5 cm). The resulting pulsating light seen against the eyelids
stimulates the optical nerve and thereby alters the brain's
electrical oscillations, causing vivid visions of very bright moving
and morphing colours in geometrical patterns to appear "projected"
behind the eyelids across the complete the field of vision. We would
to thank Corrina Mattner and Sebastian Ulbrich for the building of
the Dream Machines.


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