'The Dreamer is Still Asleep'

Discover 'The Dreamer is Still Asleep', a new sensory artwork by UK artist and composer Scanner in the garden at Little Moreton Hall until Sunday 29 October.

'The Dreamer is Still Asleep' is part of our ‘How We Used to Sleep’ programme, exploring the ‘golden age’ of sleep in Tudor England in partnership with Manchester University.

Like many homes of the time, Little Moreton Hall was a space of social engagement where many came to visit, and, with hustle and bustle all around and irregular patterns of life for guests and household alike, a sound night’s sleep was often an impossibility.

'The Dreamer is Still Asleep' is a sound and aromatic installation that explores the transcendent state between sleeping and waking with sounds that would once have filled the hall.

A sensory experience

Take a seat in the garden and enjoy a sonic experience of blurry dreamfulness, where voices, music, footsteps and glasses clinking together merge with a musical ambience to create a relaxing and atmospheric experience.

Scanner says, "To me a building is always more than just a building. It’s a place of memory, of engagement, a place that reflects history. Little Moreton Hall offers up a wealth of history. Imagine if even the walls themselves could tell of all the events of the past, the stories they’ve witnessed. The location itself radiates with history.

My work will bring the place alive in subtle ways previously unimagined, opening up the space in so many new ways, and letting the ghosts of the past bring new joy to contemporary visitors."

Scanner - Robin Rimbaud

Scanner is internationally recognised artist and composer Robin Rimbaud, whose works traverse the experimental terrain between music, film and art.

Over the last twenty-five years he has focused on bringing to life many of the invisible or overlooked aspects of our world in ways that embrace both the cultural and historical in a playful, engaging and thoughtful manner.  

International artist and composer Scanner
Photo of the artist Scanner

In 2012 he wrote The Big Dance in Trafalgar Square for the London Olympics while last year he scored the world’s first ever virtual reality ballet, Nightfall, with Dutch National Ballet and installed sound works in Rijeka Airport, Croatia and at National Trust Cliveden in Buckinghamshire.

Robin’s work can also be heard on permanent display in the Science Museum and the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum in London, while his portrait hangs as part of the permanent collection in the National Portrait Gallery London. 

Find out more at www.scannerdot.com

'The Dreamer is still Asleep' is being delivered by the National Trust through Trust New Art, in partnership with Cheshire East Council through their SHIFT programme of creative events celebrating all things digital.

Mat Collishaw, ‘Seria Ludo,’ 2016. Installation view, ‘folly!’ at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

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