studio for digital crafts

A method to design tools in the real world which can be used in the world of dreams.

Objects made for dreams

The idea is to engage oneself in the making of a tool which can be transferred from the real to the dream world, to help cope with a recurring situation in a dream. The sound of the process of making a physical tool is recorded, and with the help of a sensor-equipped eye mask, played back at the time of the REM-sleep phase. With the intention of bringing the memories of the engagement with the desired tool to the subconscious at the time of active dreaming, thereby making it accessible again.

The core of the presentation of the work is the definition of a process, which then is manifested in three case studies illustrating how the process works in practice.

Each of the three case studies attempt to overcome an issue in their recurring dreams: one subject weaves a small carpet to help him experience flying in the dream; another knits a hat to hide from pursuers; the third makes herself an origami key to enable her to open locked doors to reach her family.

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design report feature

The design report magazine
features »Objects made for dreams« as part of their design research highlight.