Abstract. How did ordinary tools in the Neurophysiology department become means for spiritual enlightenment ?
The combination of brainwave (EEG) monitoring by the early adopters with stroboscopes induced side-effects in many of the clinical experimentees in neurophysiological research, hallucinations that were named ‘Flicker.’ Patient’s experiences described increasingly bright, complex patterns of colour behind their closed eyelids. Soon Cyberneticians, psychologists and artists were spontaneously informing this interdisciplinary exchange, during a time of pioneering chemistry, new artistic styles and implementation of new tools for experiencing Art. An aleatoric crossover occurred between Dr Grey Walter’s neurological research with strobes and electroencephalographs, and the culture of ‘The Beats’ following his publication of “The Living Brain.” Unifying this is the hypnotic light ensemble the ‘Dreamachine’. Now an object synonymous with generating visions by Flickering patterns, and for many, a drugless portal to Altered States on Consciousness (ASC). This article follows the involvement of Human brainwaves in artistic expressions as pioneered by composer Alvin Lucier almost 50 years ago. The harnessing of the EEG signal in interactive artworks encourages dialogue and updatable synergy between the arts and the sciences. Through medical research into Epilepsy and visual artefact I trace the emergence of EEG in artworks. I will describe how artists’ work, including my own is harnessing the EEG signal, bridging various methods and arousing questions in art and human experience.
28.05.14 – 7.30pm, Sex, Snowboarding and Sleep: Living in Your Wildest Dreams!
Join us in the stunning Spiegeltent during The Brighton Fringe where we will actively involve you with ways in which lucid dream practice and rehearsal can help improve your skillset and creative output in waking life. Scientific research into the neural correlates of dream ‘lucidity’ have revealed a fascinating realm of lucid dream function and quite astounding possibilities. See the map and buy tickets here in advance for £10 here :
This is what I have been doing the last few months, a new public event will be happening in April in Hastings, date to be confirmed soon : As well as hosting the monthly event with Explorer’s club Sarah Janes, I present a keynote at the start of each session with latest academic research into the neural correlates during Lucid Dreaming and movements rehearsed when awake, in the MRI scanner. This has proved very insightful and useful to the guests, who eventually are all guided during the 3hour evening session, into a sleep state, next door in the yoga studio, bedding or mats are available. The EEG of a sleeper was projected onto the ceiling and afterwards I replay it and describe any changes we can witness. We also offer memory supplements, herbal teas and share techniques. www.morphologyluciddreams.wordpress.com
March 28th 2014 – The Waag, Amsterdam
Venue: Theatrum Anatomicum and Open Wetlab, Waag Society, Nieuwmarkt 4 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please sign up here: www.waag.org/nl/event/ict-and-art-connect-economies-art-and-technology-collaboration
I am pleased to announce my paper “Revelations by Flicker: Dream Machines and Electroencephalographic signals in art” has been accepted for the AISB-50 Symposium on “The Future of Art and Computing: A Post-Turing Centennial Perspective”, to be held this April. The Symposium will be on Thursday 3rd April, I am scheduled for 2pm, with AISB-50 running 1-4 April, 2014.
How did an ordinary tool in the Neurophysiology department became a means for spiritual enlightenment? This article follows the emergence of the EEG in artworks, internalised like its predecessor from research laboratories, Flicker. The crossover occurred between Dr Grey Walter’s neurological research with strobes and electroencephalographs, and the arts culture of ‘The Beats’ following his publication of “The Living Brain.” Cyberneticians, psychologists and artists were soon inspiring each other with pioneering chemistry, new artistic styles and new ways of seeing.
21 and 22 February 2014 / 12pm – 4pm / FREE / Drop-in
Family Workshop: Make Your Own Dream Machine
The dream machine is a paper tube with a pattern cut in the side. You spin it on a record player, hang a light inside, and look at it – with your eyes closed! The dream machine was designed by a mathematician called Ian Sommerville working with a poet/painter called Brion Gysin to create a dream-like feeling through the flickering effect of light as the tube turns.
You can make one easily out of paper and we’ll be helping you to do it. Paint, collage or illustrate the inside of your dream machine for added effect. We’ll have old record players and lights to hang inside. It’s going to be a session for making, testing, painting, and dreaming…
The workshop is for ages 5 to 95 and will be adult supervised. All materials will be provided.