In cooperation with Brion Gysin & William S. Burroughs’ family and dearly supportive friends, Johnny Smoke lead and facilitated a devoted team to have successfully fulfilled Brion Gysin’s life long desire to produce and make the Dreamachine widely accessible, since its inception in 1958…

Dreamachines of Brion Gysin Current“Had a transcendental storm of colour visions today in the bus going to Marseilles. We ran though a long avenue of trees and I closed my eyes against the setting sun. An overwhelming flood of intensely bright colours exploded behind my eyelids: a multi-dimensional kaleidoscope whirling out through space. I was swept out of time. I was out in a world of infinite number. The vision stopped abruptly as we left the trees. Was that a vision? What happened to me?” ~ Extract from the diary of Brion Gysin

Co-developed by William S. Burroughs & Ian Sommerville with 78rpm Record Players, perforated Paper Tubes, and Light Bulbs during the 1960’s at The Beat Hotel, “… the world’s only artwork you look at with eyes tightly closed” is a kinetic Yantra that gently induces the Alpha range of Brain Wave activity, which is associated with a feeling of Relaxation, Inner Awareness, and Bursts of Creativity.

Behind closed eyelids, “Viewers” often report seeing a complex technicolour kalidescope of multi-layered geometric and organic shapes and symbols, swirling in a rhythmic pulse of holographic imagery, giving a feeling of being surrounded by colors. Introspective observation can lead the experience to become one’s own inner narrative. In this sense, Aldous Huxley said: “The Dreamachine is an aid to visionary experience.”

Based on over 50 years of experimentation with positive results, many Prominent Artists and Modern Thinkers have used the Dreamachine for inspiration in the creative process, including: Paul Mccartney, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, John Giorno, Laurie Anderson, Steve Lacy, Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles, Iggy Pop, Ira Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Kenneth Anger, Beck, Nik Zinner, DJ Spooky, The Mars Volta, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Floria Sigismondi, and many,… many others.

For further investigation, the most comprehensive sources of information about The Dreamachine are John Geiger’s book The Chapel of Extreme Experience, and Nik Sheehan’s film FLicKeR.

“The world’s only artwork you look at with eyes tightly closed.” ~ Brion Gysin
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