The Unconscious Collective (UC) was established in Tasmania, Australia by David Patman and Michelle Boyde in 2014 as an informal collaboration of artists, with expertise and experience in sound, movement, contemporary and digital art, and design.
As individual practitioners, our work often explores hypnagogic states such as dreams, visions, reverie and wonder, and modes of subliminal or somatic communication. Of particular interest is their significance as a shared experience that may both reflect and mediate broader social narratives and concerns.
We collaborate on experimental participatory and public art projects which engage with these themes. Recent works have included a social sleeping and dreaming experiment at a motel, a 2 night road trip art adventure to Cradle Mountain national park, sound sculptures using the dreams of primary school children, hanging bio-sensor equipped pods for snoozing audience members. and cardiophonic furniture for a medical research institute.