Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Somnoproxy Dreamachine, 2021

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This edition composites a frozen moment of the Dreamachine spinning, with the static, graphic overprint of the outer cylinder’s die-cut pattern. It transfixes the potency of Gysin and Sommerville’s invention into a beautiful object. Produced exclusively for Somerset House, following the inclusion of Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s ’Somnoproxy’ in the landmark exhibition ’24/7’. ‘Somnoproxy’ is an immersive sound installation featuring a futuristic bedtime story about a conman who offers his services to sleep on behalf of wealthy executives too busy to sleep themselves.

At the centre of the experience is a Dreamachine, a stroboscopic flicker device created by Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs' ‘systems adviser’ Ian Sommerville. It is "viewed" with the eyes closed; the pulsating light stimulates the optic nerve and alters the brain's electrical oscillations. 

A2 Giclée Print (420 x 594mm) with gloss overlay | Archival reproduction on 255gsm Somerset Velvet pure cotton rag | Rolled in pH neutral, acid-free tissue paper | Packaged in 100mm diameter, 550mm length matt black tube. The series is time limited, with all orders collected throughout the 3-month period and dispatched on Monday 17 January 2022