You have arrived at the web site for artist Rod Dickinson's project to reconstruct a little known mind control machine from the 18th century. The machine was drawn and described in great detail by one time spy and tea broker James Tilly Matthews in 1810.

The reconstruction, 10m x 10m x 6m is made from oak, brass, leather and includes an audio tour. (The audio tour app wil be available on itunes and Google Play soon). The artwork will be on show in Bethlem Museum of The Mind from September 2016 and has been exhibited at the Laing Gallery Newcastle (Oct 2002 - Jan 2003), and the Prinzhorn Museum and Collection in Heidelberg Germany (Oct 2006 - April 2007).


Images of The Air Loom installed in The Laing Gallery Newcastle, and James Tilly Matthews' original drawing and plan for the machine (circa 1810).


Books, articles and other resources about the Air Loom and James Tilly Matthews

On Mind Control

A short text about the ongoing contemporary relevance of Matthews' delusion