20 min

In development

Dream Screen

Directing: Johannes Krell


Situated at the interface of artistic research and digital media art, the project Dream Screen (working title) is dedicated to specific states of consciousness that can usually only be experienced subjectively in the interstice between reality and imagination. Examples of such are sleep paralysis, lucid dreams, near-death experiences and other experiences in the transition between conscious and unconscious perception. What unites such phenomena is an apparently concrete and supposedly physical experience of events and states that are imaginary, i.e. primarily mental in nature. The project explores these liminal states of human consciousness in their various perceptual, emotional and rational dimensions.

Dream Screen aims to create a comprehensive media experience in which a free speculation about liminal experiences of human consciousness can unfold on the basis of one's own experience. The users are immersed in certain scenes in which the thematised phenomena can be experienced. Dream Screen makes use of the immersive aspects of digital media environments. For it is precisely in a virtual environment that users are exposed to similar modes of perception as in other forms of inner experience. In the reception of audiovisual formats, they find themselves in an intermediate space between physical presence and a purely perceptive, illusory world of experience.

The immersive spaces in which the investigated phenomena can be experienced by the users are also combined with informative elements. Through the commentary of leading scientists from various fields, as well as personal accounts of experiences, Dream Screen also opens up an empirical-scientific perspective and, not least, provides insights into the artistic research processes on which the virtual reality application is based on. Dream Screen takes the user on a journey where the boundaries between inside and outside, dream and reality, the physical image and the subtle images of the imagination become blurred.
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