Tonight’s exploration ( originally from a sketch ) ; I am with two Dreamachines, 78rpm and 45rpm for dual asynchronous peripheral flicker, Alpha-Theta brainwave stimulation: undulating relaxation .. entrainment with eyes closed. Entraining the analogue way. Respect to Brion Gysin, Ian Somerville for their design intuitively and synchronously created the same time as Dr Grey Walter described the hallucinations and visual side effects of ‘flicker’ and ‘form constants’ seen behind closed eyes.
Theosophical Selfie, Readymade – in artist’s own collection : X-ray, book by Madame Blavatsky, wooden stand and frame with fresnel lens.
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Luciana Haill is concerned in esoteric ways of accessing ‘The Visionary’. To do this she explores and measures brainwaves during liminal stages of sleeping and specifically focuses on ‘Lucid Dreaming’ and further entraining brainwaves associated with ‘The Hypnagogic’ state experienced as we drift off. This stage is marked by a decrease in Beta and an increase in Theta brainwaves, so she sets about emulating this in fully awake participants who experience her art. She is artist in residence in the Department of Psychology in Greenwich University London, and her artworks are research-led, developing following encounters and (where possible) training with pioneers in her field. Her participatory installations, talks and performances have taken place internationally including Mexico City, Hawaii and Slovenia. Her techniques involve Neurofeedback with EEG (passive, surface mounted brainwave monitoring) – a training process using technology to provide you with more information about what your brain is doing. and interviewing participants about their experiences. She researches the neural correlates, and creates stimulating contemporary sensory light and sound entrainment devices in installations expressing the surreal psycho-phenomenological characteristics preceding an Altered State of Consciousness, such as within a vivid / lucid dreaming in her Fine Artworks.
Hosted by The Institute of Philosophy – Friday 19th May 2017, The Phrontesterion to feature in ‘The Open Senses Symposium’ bringing a weekend of art and science events to the capital.
I will bring The Phrontesterion into The Open Senses Symposium for one day only.
Come experience enhanced Theta waves and your subsequent Reveries in the oil-filled, air powered dentist chair whilst your brainwaves are monitored and create your own unique soundscape. You will be guided by a flickering Dreamachine with your eyes closed, and interviewed by the artist afterwards to discover if you saw Entoptic patterns, phosphenes, form constants, visions and new ideas .
Working with PandoraStar light entrainment device and making audio from analogue AutoHarps with digital Modular Synths in Ableton to enhance the journey, where consciousness dissolves, judgement fades and within closed eyes, beyond Psychedelic ‘entoptictals’, the antipodes of consciousness allow more of oneself to be revealed. I can’t recommend this powerful, PandoraStar enough, the flickering light guides your brain to experience a range of beneficial states of brainwave activity, which can be used for many empowering purposes. I will document my journey soon with EEG, illustrations and subjective reviews.
I loved every single detail of that room! – A. T.
I went to see the show at the weekend and thought it was excellent. I really enjoyed it. I thought all the pieces were of very high quality. I particularly liked your installation.
I thought all the elements hung together really well to give a powerful experience. The Victoriana strand worked very well through the artefacts and the drawings. The soundscape was also really atmospheric and bound it all together – were the sounds generated from an EEG? Anyway, great show! – P.H.