D.Phil. Anil K. Seth
Do you see what I see? Dreamachine and the Perception Census
Dreamachine is a new collective, immersive experience produced by Collective Act, together with Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Grammy and Mercury nominated composer Jon Hopkins, and a team of leading technologists, scientists and philosophers as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. It is a seated multisensory experience that combines white flickering light and music to create a colourful world behind your closed eyes. Created by a team of leading minds in architecture, technology, music, neuroscience, and philosophy, it is inspired by an extraordinary 1959 invention by artist Brion Gysin, described as the ‘first artwork to be experienced with your eyes closed’. I will talk about Dreamachine, and one of the programme’s projects, The Perception Census, which is a large-scale online citizen science exploration of how we each experience a unique world – of what I call ‘perceptual diversity’. Together, Dreamachine and The Perception Census showcase the interface between art, science, and technology and its potential to shed new light on the human condition.
Anil Seth is a neuroscientist and author who has pioneered research into the brain basis of consciousness for more than 20 years, He is a Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Brain, Mind and Consciousness, a European Research Council Advanced Investigator, Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness, and is recognized as being in the top 1% of researchers in his field (Web of Science). His 2017 TED talk has been viewed more than thirteen million times, and his book Being You was a Sunday Times Bestseller and a Book of the Year for The Economist, The New Statesman, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. He is lead scientist on Dreamachine, part of Unboxed 2022.
Centre for Consciousness Science
School of Engineering and Informatics,
University of Sussex,
Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK