The Dream Lens

An interactive audio-visual cybertext environment. Written and inhabited by the possibly fictional Hendra Wednesday and Autumn Andersen as the experimental music duo New Keys.

Joseph Harmsworth

The Dream Lens was published as part of the “Virtual | Actual: MMus Degree Show” hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London in November 2020. During Harmsworth’s compelling demonstration of the project, he emphasised that the intended experience is dependent on the unique interaction of the individual. Therefore, be sure to explore the website for yourself (It may take a fair amount of fiddling).

Space

A fundamental element of this project is the application of abstract spacial theories; In our interview, Harmsworth expresses his particular interest in The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

Interactivity

Now one of the defining characteristics of the piece, interactivity was not part of the initial creation. Harmsworth describes his work along the lines of experimental

Began in May, ongoing project

holly herndon
 & mat dryhurst (AI is NOT intelligent)

false idea of redundancy, (there it no need to push forward)

Judith Butler

pop politics (akala)

Code

Joseph’s implementation was coded using the p5.js JavaScript library: A language stumbled upon coincidentally when a friend mistakenly ended up with two copies of introductory literature. It didn’t take long for them the realise they’d found the key to realising their visions. The source code is available on GitHub.

The site is facilitated by Netlify: a free service for hosting static webpages. They do have some paid plans available, but for most projects you’ll have everything you need in the free version. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re seeking an alternative to GitHub Pages. However, I recommend using GitHub Pages for this sort of project as it allows you to centralise everything within GitHub.

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