Revelations by Flicker, Dream machines and Electroencephalographic signals in art

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Revelations by Flicker, Dream machines and Electroencephalographic signals in art

How did ordinary tools in the Neurophysiology department become a 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 by their implementation of new tools for experiencing Art. 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.

Inducing hallucinations by Flickering light emerged long before the scientific era. In 1564 Nostradamus conducted Flicker experiments (at the bequest of Catherine de’Medici), he was inspired by the legends of Lucrezia Borgia and the subtle magic of ‘photic-entrainment by flames she employed to access visionary divinations and predict future events…

Read the full article here Interalia Magazine