Thursday, August 31, 2006



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the Dreamachine (or Dream Machine) was invented by Beat generation members Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville in 1959.

In its original form, the Dreamachine is made from a cylinder with slits cut in the sides. The cylinder is placed on a record turntable and rotated at 78 RPM or 45 RPM. A light bulb is suspended in the center of the cylinder and the rotation speed allows the light to come out from the holes at a constant frequency, situated between 8 and 13 pulses per second. This frequency range corresponds to alpha waves, electrical oscillations normally present in the human brain while relaxing.

The Dreamachine is "viewed" with the eyes closed: the pulsating light stimulates the optical nerve and alters the brain's electrical oscillations. The "viewer" experiences increasingly bright, complex patterns of color behind their closed eyelids. The patterns become shapes and symbols, swirling around, until the "viewer" feels surrounded by colors. It is claimed that viewing a Dreamachine allows one to enter a hypnagogic state. [citation needed] This experience may sometimes be quite intense, but to escape from it, one needs only to open one's eyes.

It should be noted that the Dreamachine may be dangerous for people with photosensitive epilepsy or other nervous disorders. It is thought that one out of 10,000 adults will experience a seizure while viewing the device; about twice as many children will have a similar ill effect.[citation needed] Also, others report that viewing a Dreamachine can become addictive, and moderation is encouraged when using the device. [citation needed]


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Oneiromancy is a form of divination based upon dreams; it is a system of dream interpretation that uses dreams to predict the future.

Dreams occur throughout the Bible as omens or messages from God:

Jacob dreams of a ladder to heaven (Genesis 28);
his son Joseph dreamed of his future success (Genesis 37) and intrepreted the dreams of the Pharaoh of Egypt (Genesis 41);
Solomon conversed with God in his dreams;
Daniel interpreted dreams (in the Book of Daniel);
Joseph, husband of Mary, was directed to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2);
Paul was told to go to Macedonia (Acts 16).
Aristotle and Plato both discuss dreams in various works. Artemidorus gives a list of authors mentioned in his Oneirocritica, the longest of the ancient dreambooks. All of the referenced works are lost, but fragments are preserved in Artemidorus and other ancient authors. Achmet wrote an edition of Artemidorus Oneirocritica in addition to his own. Astrampsychus was the pseudonymous author of a number of divinatory, magical and medical works, including an Oneirocriticon.

Oneiromancy is also used as a type of magic in the Dungeons & Dragons game, which influences, interprets or alters dreams, and also has an effect on the fictional Plane of Dreams, or Dreamscape.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

finding our way

zen lunitics

twist vision



meow is all i know that i can say about today. there are so many things that its better not to say. so all is well and will continue to be.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Todd Greene's art at Twist Gallery

Monday, August 07, 2006

Twist is open