Dream Machines

What happens when we dream? How might we explore, test,  and harness our unconscious? In 2016, Emily participated in a workshop led by designer Federico Pérez Villoro in which she prototyped a speculative machine titled the "Passive Presence Manifestation Device," investigating the nature of internet-facilitated friendships that cross time zones. The creation of the machine was inspired by a dream in which she is passively watching Netflix with a friend and aims to explore what friendship, presence, and bonds mean in the age of the internet. The following video and flyer document her dream and her experience of coexisting with her machine for 24 hours.