Client: Flutter Experience Art Gallery
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $35,000
Created by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger
Interactive Design by Aniol Saurina Masó
Original music composition by Nana Simopoulos
“Dream-e-scape” is an immersive interactive projection art installation about lucid dreams, the mind and the search for awareness in which the public experiences a sensory voyage that captures the surreal nature of dreams, where the line is blurred between the physical and the digital world, between the real and the imaginary.
“Dream-e-scape” is based on the state of sleep, an imaginary journey one can experience with the eyes wide open. The piece explores the concept of Lucid Dream, the state in which we are asleep and become aware we are dreaming, and the ability we have to control the dreams, the agency we have over our thoughts and desires. We are testing reality, are we awake?
Conceived as a seamless projection mapping design with full gesture responsive interactivity, “Dream-e-escape” invites the audience to actively enter the heart of the piece creating and choosing dreamlands that unfold across a series of immersive interactive scenarios, capturing the surreal nature of dreams and giving the audience agency.
Flutter Experience Art Gallery, 217 S La Brea, Los Angeles, CA – December 2, 2021 to December 1, 2022
We wanted to play with the surreal nature of dreams and explore concepts and ideas related to our notion of a digital self in a collective environment. Being awake, conscious… agency. The installation uses the language of escape rooms to explore the dreamworld, opening doors to mirrored landscapes, waterfalls, a Daliesque world or hidden pathways, creating connection between allegories of tales, micro and macro, nature, body, mind and universe, all connected by chance and sometimes astonishing clarity. Dreams are the starting point of the imagination. The original score takes you to interactive soundscapes created specifically for the piece.
Using cutting-edge multimedia technology to produce creative environments, through mapping, infinite space, augmented reality, interactivity, video art, music and animation, the audience is invited to actively participate as actors and not just as mere spectators. The video installation art becomes a theatrical stage where things appear, move across, and then disappear, where awareness becomes attention and action, and your brain fantasizes your conscious reality. Original music uses textures, pads, pulses and drum rhythms to move the audience through the space and at times influence the music by their physical movement.
We have been working with the same team for a couple of projects already. We presented our concept, images, interactive ideas and music feel for this installation to our interactive designer and composer, and created each video segments. Then we worked with each of them separately to create the most cohesive journey of interactivity and sound.