NOQTURNL is an overnight audiovisual meditation exploring collective dreamstate. A collaboration between visual artist and art director Florence To and 4DSOUND creative director and sound designer John Connell. NOQTURNL works with a form of extended hypnagogic state, taking the participants through a series of 'rooms' and spaces while they drift between waking and sleeping over seven hours.
Constructed through patterns of light and soundscapes, layered tones and sonic textures, the performances evolve in unique directions each night, guided by a very subtle energetic interaction between the audience, Connell and To.
Slow, pulse-driven musical constructs, vast landscapes of sound and visual patterns develop over hours as the listeners drifts in and out of sleep, blurring the boundaries between dream environment and physical space: in doing so, allowing conscious access to the vivid, intuitive imagery and sensation within the borders of dream experience.
The project has been in development since early 2014, beginning with a number of exploratory sessions in Amsterdam on the 4DSOUND system, with small audiences invited to participate. NOQTURNL premiered with three performances at Todays Art, September 2015 and as part of the opening weekend programme at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest, October 2015.