The Chronarium Sleep Laboratory
The Manchester Science Festival, England's largest science fest–running from October 20th to October 30th 2016–is bringing us 134 unique, engaging events from the science of everything from gin to gambling and even the science behind magic... In its 10th edition, MSF 2016, in collaboration with SIEMENS, is offering us an escape from the real–technologically saturated–world and into the The Chronarium Sleep Lab. Part art installation, part public sleep lab, The Chronarium pop-up located at Manchester Arndale, offers the public a space to relax and recharge their batteries through cyclical restorative sleep sessions that reprogram our bodies and minds into better sleeping patterns.
This unique experience-art project-laboratory was born from the collaboration between artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl, co-founders of London-based Loop.pH. Together, they are pushing the boundaries of interactive and sensorial art-meets spacial experiences into truly innovative terrain.
Wingfield and Gmachl, and in collaboration with acclaimed musical artist Anna Meredith, this brilliant team has created a sound and light environment designed to improve one of our most important processes: how we sleep.
“People living today sleep significantly less than generations before with sleep disorders on the rise. We are only just beginning to understand the impact that sleep disorders have on people’s lives and society at large. With the quantity and quality of sleep being constantly challenged by round the clock communications and globalised business, it’s becoming increasingly important to improve the quality of our resting time and develop the necessary skills for sleep. So we are thrilled to be able to offer our MSF visitors the opportunity to experience and be a part of this intriguing and spellbinding scientific experiment and the chance to enhance their mental well-being” – Manchester Science Festival Director, Antonio Benitez
Imagine entering into a calm, atmospheric space illuminated by a fuchsia glow and made alive by Anna Meredith's otherworldly, binaural-esque soundtrack... separated entirely from the speed and rush of the constantly plugged-in outside world. Inside this magical enclosure, you can lie down, suspended inside hammocks in which you experience The Chronarium's carefully planned out restorative sleep session...from resetting your internal circadian rhythm to colour therapy and deep relaxation.
Experience this curated sleep for yourselves...
The Chronarium is open from Thursday 20 October to Sunday 30 October at Manchester Arndale. It is suitable for all ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is free but booking is advisable on the day at the venue. Times vary. All information available via manchestersciencefestival.com
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