Right now at the New Museum, you can go and experience something called the Dreamachine, part of a gallery exhibition of Brion Gysin’s work. Considered an unsung hero of the Beat generation of artists, this Gysin exhibition includes a mix of audio/visual projections, paintings and literature, chopped up and re-arranged to hypnotic effect. The Dreamachine sounds like a great analogy for the entire exhibit. To experience it, museum-goers sit with closed eyes in a dark room in front of a spinning, lighted column. The disorienting sounds of Throbbing Gristle provide an unsettling soundtrack for good and bad dreams alike.

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