Undated: The Dreamachine

Artist-writer Brion Gysin (left), working off an idea from friend-mathematician-Beat Generation devotee Ian Sommerville, develops the Dreamachine, described as "the first art object to be seen with the eyes closed." It's a strobe-like device made from a cylinder with portions cut out, then placed on a record turntable. The "viewer" is supposed to enter a deeper state of consciouness, though the device can also trigger epileptic seizures.

* More about Brion Gysin: @
* Dreamachine websites: @ and @ and @
* Dreamachine documentary: @
* Watch a video simulation: @ (Instructions and warnings: @)
* How to make your own: @

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