SDNA: 360° video artwork
Waking Dream takes us on a disorienting journey through the subconscious of a sleeping commuter.
In August 2011, internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad invited his favourite musicians and friends to create unique work for Curtain Call, his 360° interactive installation showing in the summer at the Roundhouse. As part of Curtain Call we created Waking Dream, a 360° audio visual experience exploring fleeting moments of intensely surreal dreams, when lulled to sleep in transit.
Bringing together theatre, dance and digital animation, Waking Dream takes us on a disorienting journey through the subconscious of a sleeping commuter.
“SDNA have engaged with the possibilities of a 360-degree screen as well as the original function of the Roundhouse as a railway engine shed, to create a work based around the surreal dream of a commuter who has nodded off in transit. Featuring multiples of figures dressed in smart office garb and choreographed to a rhythmical soundtrack reminiscent of rumbling trains, it’s visually and aurally gripping”. Time Out
“SDNA’s film, A Waking Dream, possibly makes use of the space best. Turning the curtain into a giant zoetrope, the audience is left to marvel as figures appear confused before embracing the space, dancing, leaping and walking. In a demonstration of how truly interactive art should work, A Waking Dream’s protagonists mirror the experience of the viewer”. The Arts Desk
“SDNA’s Walking Dreams is the perfect example of how dance and human physicality can collaborate with technology to create something uniquely rhythmic and cohesive. It also takes advantage of the opportunity of a circular space and alternates between splitting attention and guiding it. The fact that some pieces are hypnotic and often a bit trippy, while others are playful and humorous proves the installation’s versatility“. A Younger Theatre
“In ‘Waking Dreams’ by London agency SDNA, contemporary dancers perform simple motifs that were magnified and duplicated to create an almost Busby Berkeley-like canon of movement”. The Eye Magazine
Waking Dream has been shown as part of Curtain Call, recently renamed ‘720 Degrees’, at the Isamu Noguchi garden of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem in 2012, at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in 2016 and back at the Roundhouse in the same year.
It is now in the process of being converted into VR.
For a sneak preview watch the video below – please note it’s in YouTube 360 VR and is best viewed using a VR headset such as Google’s Cardboard.
Conceived, directed and produced by Valentina Floris and Ben Foot
Soundtrack by Takatsuna Mukai
3D animation Zsolt Balogh
Stylist Anya Kamarek
Performers Nina Fog, Zoe Jones, Marcin Rudy and Katarzyna Witek