A dark space with a rotating lamp sculpture that by its flickering light, induces a natural high. To be viewed with the eyes closed. If you are epileptic, or have a tendency to epilepsy, don’t go inside.
Today, we live in a world where we are not so far from destroying the planet beyond return and, in doing so, exterminating ourselves. Financial, technological, social or whatever kind of achievement is more important than the ‘conservation’ of nature. We are clearly missing out on something, somewhere, and, in my opinion, that something is the dimension of our inner self and consciousness. If we are able to focus on our inner self and reflect about it, we might find some solutions to what happens outside us and will be capable of influencing our environment in a positive way.
'Sweet Dreams are made of This' is a spacial experience with stroboscopic effect and entraining sounds that induces alpha wave activity in the brain – a state of mind which is associated with dreaming, relaxation and meditative rest which typically invites a greater feeling of harmony with our surroundings. It is a state that bring out compassion and love into our lives, a state that stresses the interconnectedness of the entire universe, a state that can motivate us to invite simplicity into our lives and encourages us to pursue non-materialistic lifestyles, a state that give us every reason to practice environmentally friendly ways of life.
This installation is inspired by the 'Dreamachine', a creation of the early 1960's by the mathematician Ian Sommerville and the Parisian artist Brion Gysin, that also was a source of inspiration for artists of the Beat Generation, who celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity.
Sara Nuytemans' work is based on the observation on how human beings interact with the world. Surprising to her is the capacity of things to impress us. It always has interested her, how our duality intrinsic of the mind represents physical or conceptual dilemmas. Why are we here? What is our role as human beings? These fundamental questions are part of Nuytemans' research.