Dream Machines explores the theme of altered states of consciousness: reverie, dreams, trance, hallucination, spirituality, visions and psychological extremes. Based on an exhibition selected by the artist Susan Hiller, it brings together the work of over forty artists from Europe, South America and the United States.In this fully-illustrated catalogue, Susan Hiller introduces her selection of works and invites us to experience the diverse and exciting possibilities offered by an art of altered states. An essay by the cultural commentator Jean Fisher situates the works within a theory of dream states and the role of the imagination.
Dream Machines takes up the theme of the transformative power of art, presenting works that propose the possibility of shifting the viewer's consciousness to induce reverie, hallucination, or transcendence. International and cross-generational, this book includes daily dream drawings, dream paintings, and real-life "dream machines," as well as photography, sound, video, and installation work that engage with mediumship and trance, intoxication, hypnosis, and out-of-body experience. Selected by the artist Susan Hiller and operating in the territory covered by her own work, Dream Machinesis the latest in a series of exhibitions curated by distinguished artists.