The Dream Director is an immersive installation in which twenty participants sleep overnight in specially constructed 'pods'. By electronically monitoring each participant's sleep, sound samples are played from speakers mounted in each pod when REM (dream stage) of sleep is reached.
This sound may be incorporated into the dreaming content so altering the narrative of the dream. Alternatively, the sound may lift the dreamer into the space on the edge of sleep allowing them to explore this creative and illogical perceptual location. Lastly, the sound may partially wake the participant allowing them to become aware that they are dreaming and potentially take control of their dream (lucid dreaming). Following each experiment dreams were collated and analysed, Jerram is currently working with the UWE Experimental Psychology Research Group on clinical applications of this project.
The project was undertaken as part of Jerram's AHRC Fellowship in Art and Science in 2006, and was funded by a UK Digital Arts Clark bursary (£17,500).
www.dshed.net/clarkbursary/ Jerram's work has been supported through the PlaCe research centre with mentoring provided by Claire Doherty.
The work was featured on BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind programme 18 July 2006 and can be viewed at www.lukejerram.com