Lucys first encounter with an unknown dream device

It explains Lucys role in this project and the broader environment and thoughts surrounding a device called luce.

Lucy is the main protagonist to outline the whole universe surrounding luce — a speculative approach of a quantified-dream device. You can find some of the stories about her view on dreams and how she is interacting with such a quantified-dream device.

It was early in the morning. Lucy was on her way to the agency, where she works. Her flatmate opened the door rapidly to tell her she was late. She was still tired and wanted to go back to the dream she just had been having before the alarm rang for the 4th time in a row.

Lucy was sitting on the train, with her head resting on the window. She was looking outside at how the trees were passing by and she knew that she had another 30 minute commute until she would arrive.

Just before she left her flat she drank a big cup of coffee. Usually she doesn‘t drink any coffee before she arrives at her office, so that she could sleep on the train for a couple of minutes but not today.

She looked outside of the window, trying to float away into her thoughts and hopefully later start to dream. But it didn‘t work. So she started doing something she normally does when she can‘t sleep. Observing people. She looked around the train, some people were reading cheap news
papers, others played candy crush on their phones, eating breakfast on-the-go and then there was one person actually sleeping. People who sleep always look very funny, especially when they are sleeping in a seated position. But this person was different. She had something unknown but interesting hanging around her neck. A little bit like a half-transparent glass tube with something mysterious floating in the middle. Lucy observed her for the rest of the ride.

At some point the stranger awoke gently, grabbed the device, firmly with one hand and started whispering into it. Lucy tried to listen to what this person was saying, but she was too far away. She observed the person speaking calmly into the device and could only understand part of the words the person was transmitting. It felt very present. Not like having an external device for a phone call. It looked like she was speaking into a small glass bottle. At some point the person stopped talking and started staring into the glass. There was something evolving.

Lucy did something she wouldn‘t do normally. She stood up and timidly approached the person, who by now had stopped speaking into the glass ornament and was looking into the small glass tube. Out of pure interest she asked the stranger with an insecure voice: “What is this?“

“My dream“ answered the women in a reassuring tone, with her eyes still focussed on the device. “Do you wanna have a look?“ the women asked Lucy.

Lucy was a little bit perplexed. However she let slip the words through her lips: “Yes, sure!“

The two were now sitting next to each other looking into the device, where a mysterious fractal figure, painted in bright contrast was moving, dancing & reforming itself.

“What does it mean?“ asked Lucy the women.

“It‘s currently evolving into another dream“ replied the women. “For
me it shows me how I felt during my dream“.

“But... But how does it work?“ asked Lucy.

“I don‘t really know“, replied the women now looking into Lucys eyes with a bright smile on her face. „Probably some deep learning algorithms, that transform data into beautiful creature. But to be honest, I don‘t really know what’s behind it.“

“I hate plain numbers, luckily computers are better in handling those.“ replied Lucy. Both started to laugh, still admiring the magic happening in front of their eyes.

“Even if I don‘t really know what‘s happening and how it‘s working, every little creature, tells me something new about myself. It gives me time to reflect — On my dream, wether it‘s a dream in the night, a day dream or just some random thoughts during the day. It reveals something about myself, helps me understand myself. And I think that‘s something beautiful.“ For the next few minutes nobody was talking, with their eyes focussed on the evolving creature inside the glass. From this point on, Lucy knew she wanted one of these, still unknown, devices.

“Next stop: Zurich“ came out of the speakers of the train. It felt like something was interrupting the dream Lucy just experienced. She stood up and rushed to the already open door and just before leaving the train, it came into her mind that she still didn‘t know what this device was called. She turned around and asked the woman for the name of this device.

Luce! its called Luce!“



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Simon Gwinner

Designing with @designit, also music curator @orangepeel_ch & exploring potential futures with INT RA