Dream Machines: Automating Psychedelia

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  • Dream Machines: Automating Psychedelia

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  • This paper presents sculptures in my series, SETI situating them in the tradition of psychedelic and synesthetic art, particularly experiments with automated psychedelia such as the work of Brion Gysin and Thomas Wilfred. SETI are mechatronic sculptures which create continuously changing abstract video displays. In each machine, a moving camera scans an abstract fabric and glitter space-scape. The overlay of multiple translucent and transparent moving layers creates a glimmering and undulating mirage. The camera’s signal is transmitted to a projector or monitor, much as satellite images allow the real-time transmission of live events.

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