Luciana Haill

Brainwaves Augmenting Consciousness


Thursday, 26 August at 1700 (Cambridge time – find time in your location)
Join DEFI as we explore ways in which STEAM may stimulate the creative, trans-disciplinary thinking needed for addressing the complex challenges of the modern world. 

Growing from the STEM movement, STEAM acknowledges the role of the creative arts in a science and technology-focused curriculum. August is the steamiest month for many of us in the Northern hemisphere, so let’s explore how a range of educators and researchers use STEAM in the digital interplay between the sciences and the arts.

Watch the entire event here, my participation is in the last 20 minutes



28.07.21 from 6.30pm – 8pm
Preparation for Brighton Digital Festival 2021 kicks off with a Town Hall Meeting on Zoom
Launching my new AR artwork extending ‘Apparitions‘ with ‘Pioneer’ and will show what I intend to create.

Giving event organisers a chance to present their plans, whether the event is fully fledged or just the seed of an idea, the BDF21 Town Hall Meeting is an opportunity to meet others, connect and collaborate. Anyone wanting to organise an event, volunteer, find out about sponsorship opportunities, venue availablity or just find out more about the Festival in general, is encouraged to attend and contribute to this open forum. Come along and connect and collaborate with others in the BDF Community!

09.07.21 at 12pm

EVA London – presenting paper “Synthesis – making magic with GenieMo: An artistic investigation in 4D social spatial casting with brainwave feedback into multi- dimensional motion art” , ID: 47
EVA London is one of the international Electronic Visualisation & the Arts conferences. The first EVA conference was held in 1990, with the intention to create a space for people using or interested in the new technologies to share their experiences and network in a friendly, collaborative atmosphere. EVA London’s focus is on the development and application of visualisation technologies to various domains, including art, music, dance, theatre and the sciences.




Art in Flux & National Gallery X “Levitations” transformative media art,
Tuesday September 29, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM BST

In this evening of immersive existential inquiry, “Levitations” will explore how media artists, scientists and researchers are creating experiences for therapeutic purposes with the intention of transforming our society. Can media art experiences have a positive impact on our body, mind and our society as a whole? Can these artistic experiences help us to “levitate” into a better future?Levitations

Watch the host Art in Flux’s recorded event from the 29.09.20 ( my presentation is in the final 30 minutes )

Trebuchet Talks
I will be interviewed for Trebuchet Magazine by Kalias in London in The Gunmakers, Clerkenwell and invite you to join us. This edition of Trebuchet talks is about portraiture I will explain how I achieve this through the intangible medium of brainwave monitoring. I am interested most in where the changes in the firing of neurons and the electric potentials occur, and what else can be revealed by that


The Gunmakers, 13 Eyre St Hill , Clerkenwell
Nearest tube: Farringdon / Chancery Lane (Doors 6pm talks 7pm).

Photo by Kelly Wilkinson K W ROMH Photography

10 September 2020 – postponed to 2021
London / Paris, the 60th anniversary of the first publications using the cut-up methods initiated by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin at the Beat Hotel in Paris and developed in London throughout the 1960s. To mark this landmark in cultural history, CUT-UPS@60 will be an EBSN Special Conference, held in London and Paris, September 7-11, 2020. With two days of events in each city, the conference will be a major multidisciplinary occasion to examine the past and explore the ongoing legacies of the connections that Burroughs’ work, in particular, made between artistic and social radicalism.
I am taking part in a panel on 10th September in London in Student Central, University of London and showing artworks in The October Gallery.


November 13, Modern Panic X – No Boundaries, Truman Brewery, London

No Boundaries! an exploration into the world of cyber artainment & immersive artivism. As multi dimensional technology evolves, so opens new possibilities for a new breed of maker to blur boundaries…

Explore an emerging mixed media movement, exponentially pushing the fringes of the human imagination and experience in new ways.

A Night Of Chaos And Cyberculture. The first 100 ticket holders will receive a free limited edition Timothy Leary – Cyberdelia Headset + Boomtown Fair VR App.
More info and tickets link here

02-03 November 2019
Beyond the Brain

Main Conference Venue: Hogg Lecture Theatre, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS
Book weekend tickets here 

I have a new installation delivering ‘ecstasis‘ flowstate, if you are interested you can book a session  – a timetable and informed consent forms will be available at the event – booking highly advisable to avoid disappointment. Combining wearable sounds (you feel sub frequencies triggered by your brain’s response ) and flickering light entrainment using PandoraStar technology.

Beyond the Brain is organised by the Scientific and Medical Network. It is the world’s premier conference series exploring new research on whether and how consciousness and mind extend beyond the physical brain and body. The first of the conference series was run in 1995. This year’s event covers science and spiritual practices, the boundary between neuroscience and mystical experience, transpersonal psychology, psychedelics and the brain, death and after-death communication, consciousness in relation to the brain and the universe, and the relationship between science and spirituality. There will also be an experiential session on each day.

Glitches and Ghosts, an interdisciplinary conference at Lancaster University on 17th April 2019 (open to all )

I am presenting a new paper at Glitches and Ghosts in Lancaster University in April 2019. ‘APPARITIONS – how an augmented reality artwork conjuring phantasms explores a nostalgia for a future we cannot experience.’…/…/glitches-and-ghosts/

Until the 1960s the act of looking back, or nostalgic reminiscing was seen by the medical profession as a pathological aspect of ageing (causing or exacerbating depression & disengagement from everyday life). Until a paper by Psychiatrist Robert Butler challenged these views, coining the term ‘ageism.’ The platform of ‘AR’ enables me to exploit this and deliver an expandable series of artworks in a significant exploration of the impact of cutting edge ‘augmented reality’ technologies on memory & nostalgia.

‘All cities are geological; you cannot take three steps without encountering ghosts bearing all the prestige of their legends. We move within a closed landscape whose landmarks constantly draw us toward the past. Certain shifting angles, certain receding perspectives, allow us to glimpse original conceptions of space, but this vision remains fragmentary. It must be sought in the magical locales of fairy tales and surrealist writings: castles, endless walls, little forgotten bars, mammoth caverns, casino remains fragmentary. It must be sought in the magical locales of fairy tales and surrealist writings: castles, endless walls, little forgotten bars, mammoth caverns, casino mirrors.’ – Ivan Chtcheglov

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03.11.18 – 04.11.18 Beyond the Brain
CentrEd at ExCel, London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL

I will be offering phenomenal experiences through art and lights

Beyond the Brain is the world’s premier conference series exploring new research on whether and how consciousness and mind extend beyond the physical brain and body. This year’s event covers the power of intention, transpersonal psychology, consciousness in relation to the brain and the universe, lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences.

04.08.18 Ri Masterclass,  Hastings Library, Claremont

Biomechanics: looking into the brain using EEG machines was a Ri Masterclass.
I showcased, reviewed and discussed perpetual technologies and brought a portable EEG system, projecting visuals from her mini data projector. We connected the participants to the EEG machine for five minutes each and reviewed the EEG changes.

22.09.18 Durbar Hall, Hastings museum & Art Gallery, Bohemia Road   
Hastings, TN34 1ET , drop in event, 11-16.45pm (free)

What happens when augmented reality (AR) becomes more surreal?  Exploring the local bygone Victorian heritage

Artist Luciana Haill invites you to explore what happens when augmented reality (AR) on smartphones becomes more surreal by re-imagining bygone Victorian architecture: St Leonards Pier & The Memorial, triggered by vintage postcards.

Demonstration & artist talk, smartphones not required


09.07.18 Cyberdelics Incubator, 6pm – 21m
QRU, Cruquiusweg 140, 1019 AK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tickets :
Facebook page for  more info : 

I am one of the invited speakers and will be bringing a light installation with brainwave recordings in the moment – like this one :
We invite you to contribute to the collective building of new insight into the cyberdelics movement. This ‘cyberdelics incubator’ will showcase, review and discuss perceptual technologies that have the potential to expand our experience of ourselves and the reality we live in. We will explore a range of cyberdelic concepts and open a panel of discussion onto the various aspects of how we can create transformative experiences within these immersive technologies. How can we create a new dimension where your mind/body/consciousness itself becomes the medium? How can we enable new forms of experience that lead to cognitive and creative insights about the nature of reality?

16.05.18 Azur, Marina Pavilion, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0BU 
12pm- 2pm

I will be guest speaker demonstrating new work ‘Apparitions’ involving resurrecting local bygone heritage with augmented reality in St Leonards at this monthly series of fantastic lunch talks held in . Great event if you are interested in .
For info contact

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29.11.17 Grand Central Brighton  7.30pm- faking it !

17.10.17 Psychedelics Society University of Kent, Canterbury
7.30pm (with one to one Light experiences after talk)

“Phosphenes and Flicker : accessing a Hypnagogic ASC in a drugless high”
I’m giving a whirling talk with tailored ‘lsd’ strobe experiences for as many as possible with the Pandorastar lucid strobe light during the evening session
On Tuesday 17th October in University of Kent, Canterbury psychedelic society with myself and Lucid Strobe Light

18.10.17 Bavard Bar, Kino Teatr, Norman Road, St Leonards on Sea 8pm
similar talk as above, but a 20-minute adumbration ! with 2 other speakers in an informal event in a wonderful venue  £5

22-23.09.17 Liverpool Psych Festival – PZYK PRYZM
I will be collaborating with an AV artist making even larger scale data projections and sounds during realtime brainwave monitoring in this immersive area in this standalone warehouse. I bring together technology from the 1960s with Dreamachines face to face ( eyes closed ) with cutting edge strobing portal The PandoraStar
3-8-pm both days in the Upstairs Gallery, Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Tickets essential :

30.06.17 Breaking Convention, 9.30am, Sabina Rooms
NON DRUG STATES: MIND & MACHINE : Luciana Haill ‘, & ’   Revelations by Flicker, Dreamachines and Electroencephalographic signals in art
How did ordinary tools in the Neurophysiology department become means for spiritual enlightenment ?


05.05.17 – 06.05.17 Hackstock2017, Times – 10.30am-18.30pm
Control your synths / visual software with your own brainwaves with our VIP ticket option


I will take part in a discussion about Hypnagogia ( Reverie and hippy yi yay ! ) through flickering lights and lucid dreams at around 11.30am on friday 5th May. During the two day event come and find us in the East room where we are setup:

Have your EEG recorded with Brain Machine (IBVA) the best bit is we will provide you with the actual raw data file as well as a video of your brainwaves. Some of the possibilities from the raw data of your brainwaves include: using each separate brainwave frequency ( Alpha, theta, delta, Beta, Gamma ) from the front of your brain (2 channels) as interactive controls to manipulate any MIDI parameter you like ! 

This is great for use in your projects like generative audio/visual compositions e.g. use a specific EEG frequency such as Theta to open and modulate filters, triggers, effect samples, shift pitch etc. The data is easily imported for you to explore in applications such as AbletonMax/MSP, and visually with OSC, VDMX, Quartz composer and Fugio. Demonstrations of how to apply this will be available in the East room in The Trampery, Friday May 5th – May 6th, between 11am and 18.30pm.

We have two ticket types : for £10 you will have a 20 minute individual session with the Lucid Wellness Lamp ‘PandoraStar’ supervised by us (with unique accompanying music).
We also have a limited quantity of VIP tickets for just £25 where we record your brainwaves during your PandoraStar experience, save and export the data of your experience for you to take home and apply.

I will take part in Talkaoke at this free event and have the East Room setup as an Art of Neuroscience laboratory with Brainmachine (IBVA) and ongoing Pandorastar sessions

The Trampery, Old Street, London, EC1V 9EY, United Kingdom



18.10.16 – Ace Hotel, Shoreditch – AV collaboration with Adoxo
“Ample Frequencies” A one night only installation in our dreamy basement bar Miranda, the pair’s project will monitor an audience member’s brainwaves during guided meditation, reimagining the results as an oscilloscopic audiovisual performance. A panel discussion hosted by Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura of NTS Radio follows.

03.09.16 – Phoenix, Brighton – workshop

Times: 11:30am -5:30pm

Creating Music and Art with Brainwaves with Luciana Haill
This is a workshop for anyone interested in the brain and how different states of consciousness can be measured to make music and interactive art. Specialist software allows conversion of brainwaves (EEG) into interactive switches within Logic, Garageband, Max MSP and any Midi compatible Mac software. Artists have worked with cutting edge brainwave monitoring technologies since 1960’s and significantly Brion Gysin interpreted the neuroscience phenomena of ‘flicker’ recreating it in his hypnotic light sculpture the Dreamachine. Learn how these convergences define future music and interactive art and collaboratively explore a real Dreamachine to make art. 3 EEG systems will be available, Mac software supplied if you bring your own compatible laptop. Suitable for all levels.

Part of “Technology is Not Neutral” season at Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Digital Festival.

For more information about Phoenix Brighton see

Costs: £35
Maximum: 8

09.06.16: PechaKucha,

In The De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, My talk will focus on Art and Neuroscience in Lucid Dreaming for personal experience and as an academic researcher. Where my artistic practice focuses on the investigation of sleep, specifically the phenomenon of Lucid Dreaming, where the dreamer experiences consciousness-like awareness during the dream.
Tickets in advance here :

16.02.16 : Laser London, ‘Astronauts of Inner Space’ a panel talk about the intersections between the psychic and the scientific – Dr David Luke, Luciana Haill, Wai H. Tsang and chaired by Bronac Ferran. 6pm -9pm, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Book free tickets here

25.02.16 : Oxford Art and Science festival – an extended location for the Laser talk
Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, Oxford, book here

previous :

02.02.16 : Virtual Futures, London ‘Neurostimulation’  Virtual Futures Salon
Tues 18:30 · Lights of Soho · London
Panel discussion with Dr Nick Davis and Luke Robert Mason about EEG and a new type of device available, electronic stimulation, that not only reads brain activity but also attempts to influence it.
More information here and ticket booking


12.07.15 : ‘Breaking Convention‘ symposium in University of Greenwich – Participatory presentation on ‘Flicker : Convergence of EEG and The Beats in Art ( Dreamachine )Hypnagogia session, Shulgin workshop rooms.
I gave a keynote about the history of Flicker in Art and Neuroscience, and the convergence into the Dreamachine, and provided a participatory multi dreamachine experience enhanced with live EEG monitoring. Breaking Convention is a multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness, featuring more than 130 presenters from around the world.

19.09.15 : The October Gallery Theatre, Holborn, London
Click here to view photos and description from the event

07.12.15 : The Wellcome Institute, Consciousness and the Arts Symposium, London
Artist and workshop co-facilitator with Dr. Srivas Chennu, Senior Research Associate, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Papers :

Luci_DreamM_ParasolICT & Art Connect: Revelations by Flicker, Dreamachines and Electroencephalographic signals in art’ published in The AISB-50 Symposium on “The Future of Art and Computing: A Post-Turing Centennial Perspective” –  read a history of how the EEG became a signal implemented for Artworks.

Creative Uses of Virtual Sticky Notes in Art – A Critical Interrogation of The “Bio-tracking” Smart Phone Based Exhibition. Anna Dumitriu and Luciana Haill in The Mobile Music Workshop, STEIM, Amsterdam, 2007.

Presentations ( Keynotes + EEG workshops ) :


Revelations by Flicker, Dreamachines and Electroencephalographic signals in art’ explored via Dr William Grey Walter, Brion Gysin and William Burroughs – presented in Zu Studios Lewes, The October Gallery, University of Greenwich for ‘Breaking Convention’, Transmission Symposium, Goldsmiths AISB50, FACT, Kinetica Art Fair, COGS talks University of Sussex.

Make your own Dreamachine, FACT, Liverpool, 2014 – keynote and workshop

El movimiento en la mente : Mexico City, 2012 – keynote and workshop (see videos here)

Participatory workshops ( Lucid Dreaming ) :

Morphology, Durbar Hall, Hastings museum & Art gallery, 2014

Sex, Snowboarding and Lucid Dreams, Brighton Festival, 2014

Morphology 1,2,3, The Beacon, 2013

Lucid Dreaming with Dr Stephen LaBerge, Hilo, Hawaii, 2007 – 2009,

other mentions – to be edited correctly :

17.06,15 : Nesta, Village Underground, London – Ready Player 2 ?

2012 : Newcastle University, Lunch Bites, creative uses of Neurofeedback and EEG sonification

2012, Parsonage Side Retreat, creative uses of Neurofeedback and EEG sonification


Luciana has presented many creative & historical talks and welcomes new invitations to present her very visual research. This covers research into Augmented Reality in Art, nostalgia, glitches and false memories, to published work about early Cyberneticians, Theologists & pioneers in Lucid Dreaming . She has extensive material documented in journals, drawings & can add live demonstrations incorporating the language of brainwaves. These tools and these people are importantly informing contemporary artists via synchronous research, albeit in different methodologies and outcomes.

1. The Art and Neuroscience in Lucid Dreaming (exemplified with brainwaves)

2. “Flicker” – The convergence of Neuroscience with Art through in-depth research into  ‘The Dreamachine’ of the 1960s

3. What happens when augmented reality (AR) becomes more surreal?  Exploring local bygone Victorian heritage in St Leonards & Hastings.

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