“We must storm the citadels of enlightenment the means are at hand”
William S. Burroughs
First shown in 1962 the Dreamachine was invented in Paris by painter and visionary Brion Gysin, who also invented the Cut-Up method of writing for William S. Burroughs and a young Cambridge scholar Ian Sommerville. In Paris they lived at run down hotel which became known as The Beat Hotel as it was home to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and a host of Beatnik experimenters.
The Dreamachine was the first artwork intended to be viewed with the eyes closed. The Dreamachine is a cylindrical spinning device with a light which emits Alpha waves which cause changes in the brain to produce sensory changes, swirling colour patterns and intense dreams.
Over the past 50 it has been used by William Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Giorno, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Manson, Laurie Anderson, Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg, Ira Cohen, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Kenneth Anger, Beck, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and countless other artists and hipsters.
On Saturday 24 November as part of Guerrilla Zoo Modern Panic III the Dreamachine will be launched in London at a special event at the Apiary Studios, Hackney Road, E2.
“The Dreamachine is an aid to visionary experience”
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