The Garden of Dreams

Monday, March 24, 2014 to Saturday, March 29, 2014
Buell Hall, New York, NY     map

The Garden of Dreams is a musical and visual installation proposing to the visitors the interactive exploration of dreams coming from all over the world, in many different languages, recorded both on the Internet and at the two installation locations in New York and Lyon (France).

These dreams take part in a collective memory, which visitors of the installation can consult by traveling through oniric universes.

On a website specially designed for this purpose,, or in a “Dream Station” in another room of the exhibition’s building, one can video record herself/himself and share a dream. Once the recording validated, this dream is integrated into the installation (see below for dates and locations).

Dreams recorded in video will never be used as is, in a realistic way, but will be transformed and inserted in imaginary worlds.

A special performance, Distant Mirrors, will extend this singular experience by allowing two flutists, one in Lyon, the other in New York, to play together via the Internet, crossing the dreams and the oniric landscapes of the installation.


Conception, Composition, Computer Music and Graphics:
Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Computer Music and Graphics Realization : Christophe Lebreton (Grame),
With the research teams of Grame & Ircam in the framework of the Inedit Project

Realization : Grame, Image Auditive
Coproduction : Grame / Biennale Musiques en Scène
Production : Grame & Image Auditive, in partnership with Musées Gadagne (Lyon), Miller Theater, Computer Music Center & Maison française of Columbia University (New York)
With the help of: Inedit Project /ANR, Scan fund of Région Rhône-Alpes, Dicream, Le Cube


Maison française, Columbia University, New York
Exhibition March 24-29th

Miller Theater, at Columbia University, New York:
Performances/concerts Saturday March 29th, 12pm & 1pm

Musées Gadagne, Lyon
Opening Thursday March 6th, 7 pm
Exhibition March 7-29th, 11 pm to 6:30 pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
Performances/concerts Saturday March 29TH, 5pm & 6pm