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Adam Overton, Signify, Santify, Believe (with Claire Cronin, Tanya Rubbak)

Adam Overton experiments with semi-fictional and gentle forms of telepathy in performance, writing, experimental music, massage, workshops, event-production and participatory artforms. He explores telepathy through his focus on the oddness, intimacy and cultish aspects of art. His work Signify, Sanctify, Believe with Tanya Rubbak and Claire Cronin, is an artist-led semi-secular spiritual organisation and features the sacred gifts of dozens of contemporary artists, performers, and visionaries. It is invested in the gentle, temporary, playful exploration of semi-fictional religious technologies and practices. He works closely with Guru Rugu, his avatar and co-director of the experimental meditation center of Los Angeles, for whom he ‘ghostwrites’. His projects …

Philippa Cullen, photo (“Phillipa Cullen … telepathic conductor”)

Phillipa Cullen performed with Ballet Australia and Cell Block in Sydney as a young teenager in the mid 1960s, and studied with Pina Busch and Institute of Sonology in the 1970s. Arts critic Maria Preauer wrote of a Phillipa Cullen’s performance in The Australian newspaper, “… perhaps the biggest revelation of the night was not what Philippa Cullen did for dance (impressive as that was) but what her dance did for the music. It was she who usually called the tune. The change of mood, the change of pace came mostly from her. The players followed her lead intuitively. … In some strange telepathic way …

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Telepathy

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding were commissioned by Performance Space to create Telepathy, and it extending on their ongoing work with pulling signals out of the air and energetic aesthetics. It consists of a large yellow triangular wedge structure inside that viewers enter and stay within to experience the all surrounding anechoic chamber environment.Video cameras and monitors add to the ‘visual telepathy’ associated with video performance, both psychological and technological transferences combined, as well as the mind control aesthetic of surveillance. Andrew Murphie writes in the catalogue essay “To experience Telepathy is to renew the experience of a different organization of thought, one found not …

Pauline Oliveros, Sonic Meditations

Pauline Oliveros experimented with telepathic transmission and the cognition of sound in works exploring Deep Listening such as Sonic Meditation III from her Sonic Mediations written in 1973 and published in 1974. She is considered a great figure of American Minimalism and she was also founder of Deep Listening in the tradition of new (age) music and avant-garde spirituality. Oliveros’ abandoned composition/performance practice to develop a method of group listening that flattened the relationship between composer, performer and audience in the service of consciousness raising, environmental dialogue and sonic meditations. She incorporated immateriality with materiality through a practice constant listening and sound performance work combined …

Warren Neidich, Blanqui’s Cosmology

Neidich’s photographic series Blanqui’s Cosmology, in which Neidich created photographic portraits with light pen drawings made upon the shaved heads of 1200 subjects, references ectoplasmic spirit photography associated with Spiritualism and Psychical Research, which can be both nonsensical and yet also proximate to the less flakey discipline of psychology and X-ray technology. Neidich uses long exposure photography to reference nineteenth century camera discourses that integrated scientific, psychological and parapsychological explorations.[1] Walter Benjamin was also quite devoted to Blanqui, and on telepathy Benjamin says: “The most passionate investigation of telepathic processes […] will not say half as much about reading (which is an eminently …

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