Explorers of the Mind. The Unknown World of Lucid Dreaming

Documentary, D/CH/USA 2013, 52 Min. | Script & Directing: S. Dittus/S. Strasser | Status: Completed
Camera: Vita Spiess | Editor: Christopher Kaps | Production: Pepperlint & Paolo-Film | Programming editor, arte: Linde Dehner | Premiere on arte: January 2, 2014, 21:45


With opulent imagery, this film documents the latest research on the dream state abilities of the brain and the scientific advances into the last refuges of the (supposed) unconscious.

According to Sigmund Freud, dreams are the “royal road to the unconscious”. Neuroscientists, on the other hand, have maintained that dreams are nothing but the “waste products” of neuronal activity. The scientific study of dreams is currently experiencing a new boom that spans a myriad of research disciplines.

One reason for this lies in the newly discovered abilities of lucid dreamers. The nightly internal cinema that all humans experience is closely intertwined with our waking state – a connection repeatedly demonstrated by lucid or clear dreamers. Lucid dreamers, also referred to as oneironauts, are masters of a paradox: although asleep, they remain partially awake and fully aware of their dreaming state. This enables them to create their own dream world. In other words: They become directors of their dreams.

The international scientific world of sleep, dream and consciousness research is hugely interested in lucid dreamers. Since they are aware of their dreaming, lucid dreamers can even be able to relay what they are dreaming via eye movements – thereby sending messages from the world of their dreams to the outside without waking up. This method was developed in the late ‘70s at Stanford University in California, and it is still revolutionary today for dream research. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Munich have for the first time succeeded in tracing and locating the contents of a dream in the brain, and to some degree even representing them.

Could this mean that the vision of a “dream recorder” is getting closer?


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