Share your dreams with the world

I asked myself again, what’s actually the most satisfying element of dreams? And where do we already have interactions with our dreams? Of course it’s dreaming it self but also dream sharing. As soon as I start to talk to someone about what Im currently researching, they interrupted me with something like: “Oh interesting… I had a very weird dream last night.” Or, “I recently had this dream about someone but I don’t know if I should tell it to this person”. So Dream Sharing seems a very important factor in processing our dreams.

Following this idea I thought about three different scenarios and rapid prototyping ideas.

Share your dream with the world

A dream platform where you could actively share any kind of dreams with other fellow dreamers. Building up on this idea, I started to tweet my dream reports and also share my dream thoughts, day dreams etc. Follow me on twitter to read what I dream about.

«I dreamed about you last night»

A wearable that vibrates or notifies you when someone dreamed about you or mentioned  your name in a dream report.

Share your dreams with strangers

A phone call service that wakes you up and connects you to a fellow dreamer to exchange dreams.

 

Find those three methods here: Dream-Sharing

 

Everything

Really obsessed right now with this brand new video game called Everything by Artist & Digital Designer David OReilly. It showcases that the most beautiful things, aren’t the things that work like reality but play with our perception on the world. A big inspiration for my final project outcome.

 

How Dreams Define Our Lives

In a talkshow about dreams in Sternstunde Philosophie on SRF from 2014, two specialist have an interesting talk about how dreams affect our life. Bestselling author Stefan Klein & Dream research scientist Melanie Schädlich talk about different aspects of dreaming.

Besides talking about the training potential of lucid dreaming they also talk about how blind people dream and how people thought they dream before the age of color television.

Stefan Klein says that people, mostly raised in the age before color television, thought they would dream in black and white. But that wasn’t actually true and more an assumption when they tried to describe their dreams. There are different studies, that say different things. But surprisingly also blind people can dream visually. They can even draw their dream as the picture above shows. Out of narratives, they can figure out how the things look like and afterwards can translate them into the real world.

Klein also points out that during the night we are actually also kind of blind. Our eyes are closed and our imagination are designed from our visual cortex. And more importantly, he assumes that our feelings are translated into pictures.

Another example he makes is when we don’t see the face of a man for example, it’s because we miss some information. But the missing information is actually not that important. The feeling and emotions we build up in our dream are the key to what we may want to find out.

One assumption could be that it’s not really about the symbolics of our dreams or for example who the person in the dream is, but more about the reality related interpretation – and especially how we do feel about what we see.

Klein further makes the (bold) statement that the origin of the world is happening in our head.

In science dream research may still used to find out how our brain works. You could even pose the (philosophical) question that dreams are the key to our awareness and identity. But for the normal dreamer, that’s maybe not really the most important thing we want to find out. It’s more about how we want to life & how we want to build up our (self)awareness. Not only in our day life but also in our dream state.

I also want to point out the very beautiful question the presenter asks the two guest at the end of the broadcast:

“Is there a dream you want to dream? Or is this not that important and should we just be more befuddled by our dreams, like watching a film in the cinema.”

So how we dream is very much influenced by our environment but can still be very diverse. But most importantly for myself, dreaming is a very strong storytelling phenomena.

Watch the full show here.

 

Experience Your Dream in VR

Most of my dreams feel very alive and are in motion. So I asked myself: How can I express my dream in a as much as possible free form without limitations? Of course Virtual Reality. I thought about an experiment where you could actually re-experience your dream in a world that you construct yourself with the help of apps like Google Tiltbrush or 3D stock footage. But to be honest this would go a little bit over my current skill set.

Anyways if you have a VR Headset and are keen to try this out, download my method paper here: Experience-Your-Dream-In-VR. Looking forward to hear from your experience!

 

Google Dream Image Search Engine

I conducted another self-experiments with the help of a possible Google Dream Image Search Engine, that should underline my dream stories with a realistic visual world.

For example in this dream, I was flying away in a car, but it was not a futuristic car more an old car, and oh I think the car was orange. But I didn’t see the car from the outside, I was actually sitting inside the car! And also police officers were chasing me. Not like him, they were wearing yellow/transparent overlays. And at some point I was hungry!

This experiment showed me that our dreams consist of a lot of fragments. With a further performance it was also possible to replicate the jumps we do in our dreams. It was however difficult to find picture that really relate to how I dreamed a scene. But maybe this isn’t too important.

You can download the method paper for this experiment: Google-Dream-Image-Search-Engine.

 

Analyse Brain to trigger Events

I did further research in how something like the Dreaming Buddha could be triggered more accurately. I looked how in scientific fields sleep and dream is analysed. With the help of EEG and EOG it would be way easier to trigger events as playing sound or soft vibrations on your arm in the right sleep phase.

I compiled some experiments but didn’t try them out myself as in my opinion this is a very scientific approach to dreams and rather tries to explain how our brain works. Also there are (or have been) already a few products that go exactly into this direction.

Feel free to conduct your own experiments with those two methods.
1. EOG/EEG Wearable or through open-API Wearables (Fitbit, Jawbone). Find both method sheets here:  EOG-EEG-API-to-trigger-events.

 

Dreaming Buddha

I started my lucid dreaming experiments, with inducing my sleep and dream phases with different methods while being asleep. My main goal was to finally dream lucid and see what outer influences can have on my sleep and dreams. For first experiment build up on the idea of a dreaming buddha machine.The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays meditative music. As I knew that a normal sleep cycle consists of 4 phases and last around 90 min, I thought about ways to induce my REM sleep phases at that specific time. A very simple prototype played different sounds every 90 mins. I tried it out with my own recorded voice, good night stories, binaural beats and sound waves as well as other sonic textures that should guide me into lucid dreams.

Most of these methods did disturb or even wake me up more than actually put me into a lucid dream state.