Hypnotic Radiation

Exploring Dreams Through AI Animation – Abstract Shapes and Surreal Figures Define Dreamlike Animation

“OracLED: Hypnotic Radiation” is an audiovisual piece that uses AI-generated animations to explore the mysteries and complexities of dreams. Through a combination of abstract shapes and surreal figures, this piece transports the viewer to a dreamlike world where the line between the real and the imaginary blurs. With each frame generated by AI, this work invites us to immerse ourselves in a dream landscape where the boundaries of perception fade away and the subconscious is freed from the constraints of reality.

The animation consists of organic shapes that continuously transform and mutate in space, creating an unreal landscape in constant evolution. Abstract forms blend with surrealistic figures, such as fantastical creatures and characters that float and fade in the air. Vibrant colors and intense lighting effects enhance the sensation that we are in a non-existent space.

Surreal & Immersive

Immersive Soundscapes: Quadraphonic Experience Enhances Dream Journey

Quadraphonic spatial sound also plays a significant role in this piece. Sounds blend and merge to create a hypnotic soundtrack that accompanies the viewer on their journey through the world of dreams. The immersive music and sound effects have been specifically created for the work, allowing for an intriguing integration between audio and animation.


What relationship exists between AI-generated animations and the illusions we experience in our dreams?

The generation of images by artificial intelligence is a phenomenon gaining popularity as technology advances. While many AI-generated static illustrations have been seen in the media in recent months, the true potential of such techniques in the field of moving images is still being developed. The latest technological advancements focus on creating videos where each frame is generated from the previous one, allowing for the creation of a sequence of movement.

Current diffusion models used to create these videos deconstruct each frame by adding noise and then reconstructing another image very similar to it, but with small and peculiar differences. When these images are played one after another at a sufficient speed, the illusion of movement is created. However, these small frame-level differences can cause a mysterious sensation, as if something were different from reality. This phenomenon surprisingly resembles the sensations we experience in our dreams.

When we dream, we often perceive strange sensations, stemming from observing scenes that don’t make much sense or don’t correspond to reality. Similarly, in AI-generated videos, these small differences can make us feel that there’s something odd in the image, something that doesn’t quite fit with what we typically experience in our existence. This parallelism may arise from both types of images being generated from an apparently random amalgamation of elements that only make sense individually. Moreover, the connection could lie in the way machine learning algorithms function to create these images. These models use vast amounts of data to learn patterns and generate new images from them, which is not very different from what the human brain does.

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung argued that dreams are a form of communication from the unconscious to consciousness, revealing universal symbols and archetypes present in the collective unconscious. Could it be that this collective unconscious is implicitly present in the images found on the internet, from which AI has been trained?

From a more formal perspective, AI-generated animations may appear unreal because this technological process employs approaches different from traditional animation methods. Often, the datasets used to train AI contain images and videos from an extremely wide variety of sources, leading to animations generated from the fusion of seemingly unrelated images. For instance, AI might combine elements from different animals to create something entirely new, unlike anything seen before. Additionally, AI can produce effects that defy the laws of physics or change unpredictably, further contributing to their strangeness.

As technology continues to advance in AI-generated video generation, new ways to simulate movement and create smoother, more natural videos may emerge, potentially mitigating their mysterious nature. However, currently, it’s intriguing to observe how the peculiar continuity of these videos surprisingly resembles our dreams, prompting reflection on the boundaries of perception and reality in our minds.


The Enigmatic World of Dreams

OracLED is an artistic research line through which we have created various audiovisual pieces. The main element is a circular audiovisual sculpture measuring over two meters in diameter, created with LED bars that, through pixel mapping, generate hypnotic animations evoking patterns related to primitive art: Hindu mandalas, sacred geometries, Navajo sand paintings representing the spiritual world, etc.

Recent studies using neuroimaging techniques have depicted the dizzying brain activity during sleep; the brain consumes 80% of its energy during these moments. According to neuroscientist Jonathan Winson from Rockefeller University, dreams are how our memory integrates information received while awake. It appears that the REM phase of sleep is when memories and emotions are encoded into our long-term memory, and there is a hypothesis that we dream to learn, which aligns with the fact that babies spend over eight hours daily in REM sleep, while adults do so for less than two (studies suggest that a fetus, in the womb, spends over 15 hours daily in REM sleep).

Based on this research line, we have created several installations exploring the relationships that can be forged through the representation of the dream world via audiovisual, lighting, and new media art.