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Converging evidence suggests that dreaming is influenced by the consolidation of memory during sleep. Following encoding, recently formed memory traces are gradually stabilized and reorganized into a more permanent form of long-term storage. Sleep provides an optimal neurophysiological state to facilitate this process, allowing memory networks to be repeatedly reactivated in the absence of new sensory input. The process of memory reactivation and consolidation in the sleeping brain appears to influence conscious experience during sleep, contributing to dream content re-called on awakening. Additionally, hypnagogia is in a general sense the state of falling asleep and waking up. Indeed, it is not always possible in practice to assign a particular episode of any given phenomenon to one or the other, given that the same kinds of experience occur in both, and that people may drift in and out of sleep. In essence dreams are forms of drift, drift is a form of distortion [an alteration of perception of reality or space]. Through the unconventional use of space I aim to trigger emotions of discomfort and therefore potential drift through the interaction of a user with a space that requires necessary effort and engagement of the body with the surrounding environment.

MIT, Media Lab
Cambridge, MA 


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