Quantum Dream

by Virgile and Walid Breidi and LABOFACTORY
2021

How to reveal the richness of the depths of sleep?

Update : 09/08/2022
Programming
Festival Zero1 La Rochelle (France), 2022
Biennale Nemo Saclay (France), 2021
La Science de l'art Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (France), 2021
In-situ experience
Other
Suitable for all audiences
from 1 to 60 minute(s)
French
Contact for distribution

References

Programming
Festival Zero1 La Rochelle (France), 2022
Biennale Nemo Saclay (France), 2021
La Science de l'art Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (France), 2021

Technical conditions

In-situ experience
Experience
Duration
From 1 to 60 minute(s)
Audience
Categories
Suitable for all audiences
Accessibility
Suitable for disabled visitors, Suitable for people with reduced mobility
Price
Languages
Original language
French
Dubbing
Subtitles
Team
Interpreter
yes
Public outreach
yes
Technician
no
Material
Equipment
Other
Minimum space required
from 40 m2 to 400 m2
Internet connection
Not required to broadcast the artwork
A workshop may accompagny this artwork.

Find out more

When we sleep, our brain goes through different creative states, we see shapes and colours in the dark and we hear sounds in silence. So there is a real gap between the inert appearance of a sleeper and the richness of his or her inner experience. The installation Quantum Dream offers the visitor a sensory and poetic re-reading of this paradox. In the semi-darkness, a sleeper equipped with sensors seems to interact with a mysterious object, a circular transparent basin containing a miniature ocean, seemingly inert in appearance - sleeping water - but whose inner movements are revealed on the floor by a play of light and shadow. Volutes, currents, waves, and whirlpools, invisible to the naked eye, appear on the ground, translating in real time the invisible activity of the sleeping brain.

In this miniature ocean, layers of water of different densities are separated by natural interfaces, which once agitated give rise to phenomena revealed on the ground by an shadowgraphic process. The agitation of the water surface is controlled in real time by variations in the sleeper's brain waves, in particular the delta wave, associated with deep sleep. A succession of ocean states triggered by brain activity then occur, revealing the poetic force of deep sleep.

Born from a collaboration between Virgile Novarina, Walid Breidi, and the LABOFACTORY collective (Jean-Marc Chomaz, Laurent Karst), with the participation of Didier Bouchon, Antoine Garcia, and Giancarlo Rizza, the installation - performance Rêve quantique was conceived by a teamwork from 2018 to 2020 at the CNRS - Ecole Polytechnique Hydrodynamics Laboratory, with the support of the Arts and Sciences Chair of Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAD-PSL and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.

Credits

Direction
W B
Author
Walid Breidi
L
Author
LABOFACTORY
J C
Author
Jean-Marc Chomaz
L K
Author
Laurent Karst
 
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