• Images from the dreaming brain

    A major part of the DRL involves visualizing data collected directly from people as they dream. Several series have already been developed, and new methods are constantly being researched.

  • Dreams become music...

    Dreams can also be transmogrified into audio forms of all kinds, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Currently I'm most interested in piano music and tiny music boxes! Hear what a dream can sound like here...

  • Dream Science

    All of the work of the DRL strives to be based on legitimate science, even if the results are generally scientifically unhelpful. Learn about the processes, technologies, and theories behind the various projects!

  • Scrimshaw?

    A totally different kind of "realization", I am lucky enough to be in possession of a collection of dream-themed "scrimshaw" made by an unusual fellow who once stayed at my youth hostel. Etched into plaster "teeth", these strange drawings are accompanied by short texts describing the dreams they illustrate.

What is the Dream Realization Lab?

What is the Dream Realization Lab?

The Dream Realization Laboratory is an art project by Ben Evans, whose goal is to explore some of the hard science behind contemporary dream research from a non-specialist perspective, and to present the mystery of dreaming in new tangible forms by turning the technologies of empirical science to more playful aesthetic ends.

Arguably, the dream is the most perfect form of art that has ever existed. A dream creates, out of sheer imagination, a completely immersive world capable of moving us through the entire spectrum of human emotion in a way that makes our high-tech ‘virtual reality’ devices seem downright infantile. Paintings, novels, movies, operas – all our creative cultural endeavours can obviously provide lasting personal resonance, but none have the capacity to directly impact us the way dreams do. After all, we ourselves are the authors (or artists? or directors?) of our own dreams. Dreams are produced neither by powerful Hollywood entertainment corporations, nor by elite prize-winning artists. Instead, they are produced by everybody, every night, for free. Dreams reveal the overlooked creativity, playfulness, and inventiveness inherent in the biology of the human being itself, and the productions of the DRL help serve as a reminder of this. (Image on left: Goya, "The sleep of reason produces monsters")

The Latest

At-home polysomnography, dream realization processes, the Scrimshaw of Paul Scheerbart, notes on dream research and all kinds of great stuff.

  • Dreams in 3D

    I’ve finally had the chance to start experimenting with 3D! It has long been an ambition, but so many other things have topped my to-do lists, and I’ve had no access to the technology. However, just before Christmas I discovered the “FabLac” in nearby Anthy-sur-Leman. It is an awesome spot – a couple of rooms […]

  • A Very Short History of Dream Research

    While speculation about the nature of dreaming in the “western” tradition can be traced at least to Aristotle, serious study of the topic in the modern period clearly begins with Freud. Freud’s general psychology is today largely discredited, or at any rate a great deal less fashionable than it once was. The same can be […]

  • Recommended Reading

    Recommended Readings: Matthew Walker: Why We Sleep. (Penguin, 2017). A very popular book at the moment. Walker is a living apostle of sleep and his enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. Extremely readable and deserving of all the praise it gets. Not devoted entirely to the subject of dreaming, he nevertheless covers the basics quite […]

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If you are going to a sleep clinic and want to have your dreams realized, or have thoughts or questions about this project, or are interested in purchasing a print, let me know!