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IRiSs Labs #7: 
Mined machine dreams 

An experiment artists will be conducting Saturday at the North Street Church, you're not sure whether the night will erupt in photo-epileptic seizures or a dance revolution.

When laboratory artist Chris Spencer-Lowe explains the experiment he and fellow artists will be conducting Saturday at the North Street Church, you're not sure whether the night will erupt in photo-epileptic seizures or a dance revolution. "We take the disparate elements, the film which we usually shoot ourselves and process ourselves, and the sound elements are all taken separately, and the only time they're brought together is the night of the show," says Spencer-Lowe. "So it's very much a laboratory, live." The ad hoc collection of film artists, musicians, modern dancers and technicians who make up IRiSs Lab---it stands for Integrated Ruptures in Sensory Spaces---create works that bring visual improvisation and handmade instruments, contact mics, laptops, DIY radio transmitters, 16mm film projectors, prisms and mirrors together to turn what Spencer-Lowe calls a "normally preset cinematic experience into a live one." For #7, the evening will touch on the mind and machine dreams, taking inspiration from stroboscopic technologies, focusing on how the technologies led to the invention of the dream machine and its use in popular culture. Expect images of the Rolling Stones and "other pop culture icons who embrace what they saw as the mind-altering capabilities of strobe technology and the dream machine."

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