We learned lucid dreaming techniques, delved into our darkest nightmares, and explored the horrors of sleep paralysis in a very special Halloween event featuring psychologists, neuroscientists and filmmakers.

The time between falling asleep and waking up can be filled with heavenly delights, hellish despair, and everything in between. For most of us, it’s down to luck whether we’re plagued by nightmares, but what if you could control your dreamland destiny? On Wednesday 25th October we held an evening of the macabre at the Book Club in Shoreditch where we explored the truths behind lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis.

Josie Malinowski, sleep researcher at the University of East London, showed us tried and tested methods to transform into an oneironaut – that’s a dream explorer, for anyone whose Greek is getting a little rusty. Audiences learned how to become aware, or lucid, while dreaming and the ways in which you can use this power for good.

We also explored the depths of sleep paralysis with artist and producer Carla MacKinnon, who shared her own experiences following a special screening of her award-winning experimental short documentary Devil in the Room, which evokes the worlds between sleeping and waking.

Finally neuroscientist Rachel Williams invited the audience to make their very own blend of night-time tea, drawing on historical and modern medical techniques used to encourage deep sleep.

This was the second event in our three-month Autumn Superculture residency with the Mothership Group in London.

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