Dreams of MIce
Dreams of Mice explores a changed understanding of sleep brought about by networked technologies. A contemporary world of instant messaging and 24/7 connectivity encourages us to remain permanently available. Using computer modeling, recorded neurological data and game engine technology, boredomresearch ask if we can afford to disconnect; questioning the importance of the non productive third of our lives we spend asleep. Brain activity during sleep reveals that far from downtime, sleep is complex and beautiful. Developed from research exploring the interaction between environmental factors affecting sleep and human neurological disorders - Dreams of Mice considers the increased control, management and disruption of sleep behaviours. Collaborating with neuroscientist, Dr Vladyslav Vyazovskiy (investigating brain activity during waking and sleep) and scientist, Dr Peter Oliver (researching the relationship between sleep and mental health) of the University of Oxford; boredomresearch have revealed the intriguing beauty of slumber in a real-time artwork driven by the firing neurons of dreaming mice. When we go to sleep we disconnect from our social networks and perpetual status updates, entering the last remaining sanctuary from the demands of a permanently networked society. But is the space of dreams at risk from the relentless encroachment of connective technologies?
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