The Sleep Lab, 2006-07
The Sleep Lab by Minna Långström is a staged, fully functional sleeping laboratory. Built to resemble an expo stand, the installation invites viewers to closely monitor the sleep stages and sleeping rhythms of people sleeping in the lab. But this sleep laboratory offers an unusual feature: It shows the sleepers' dreams on a video screen!
The “dreams” are based on video diaries recorded by the sleepers themselves prior to the sleep sessions. In the installation a video mixing program is connected to a real time sleep stage detector. Using state of the arts sleep technology, the signals received from the sleeping person's brain directly affects the nature of the dream video.