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Juan Downey, The Video Trans Americas series (1973-77)

Juan Downey’s notion of “invisible architecture” was central to his artistic exploration of the ecology of technology and mind within transdisciplinary environmental concerns. These ideas permeate his quasi-anthropological interdisciplinary and inter- and multimedia artwork Trans America, made whilst living with the Yanomami people for three years. Downey created real time video feedback between the Yanomami and televison monitors and the Yanomami saw themselves on television for the first time. These closed video circuits were contemporary with the very first artistic experiments with video feedback systems, along with Nam June Paik’s “Buddha” piece of 1974. As many artists were exploring the video telepathy and transference …

Pia Van Gelder, Psychic Synth

Pia Van Gelder researches Hans Berger’s interest in telepathy, Berger being the inventor of the electro encephalograph. Her artwork Psychic Synth is a large audio-visual environment incorporating projection, light and surround sound. A viewer’s brainwaves are captured by an EEG headset, to create an immersive biofeedback loop that responds to neural impulses. The effects of this feedback loop envelop the audience within a dark space that comes alive with lights, sound and projections to create a colourful, abstract portrait of human psychic states. She uses the technology of the synthesizer to assist telepathic projection of consciousness from bodies into space. Gelder playfully combines spiritualism and …

Emma Kunz, Drawing Untitled

Emma Kunz was an artist and healer who worked with a pendulum to create abstract geometric drawing on graph paper and discovered healing properties of rock minerals in her local area. Some chemists today still stock Aeon A healing rock powder, with her line drawings used on the packaging design. Kunz, aka ‘Penta,’ devised quite independent telepathic interactions and quasi-performance. Kunz worked as a psychic medium, as did modernist artist Frantisek Kupka and Outsider artist Augustin Lesage. Born in Switzerland 1892, she experimented with telepathy in many hundreds of mandala drawings created as part of healing therapy.[1] She started practising telepathy at the age …

Jacquelene Drinkall, Animating the Telepathic Balaclava Fascinator into Thin Air

Drinkall’s work with woven ‘thought forms’ made from woven telecommunications wire is combined with performative engagement with community in this site specific work. This work was made whilst learning intensely about aesthetics of cognitive capitalism and extended cognition in the age of the anthropocene at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (SFSIA). The video depicts students from Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and European Graduate School interacting with local trampoliners whilst using a headpiece, called a ‘Telepathic Balaclava Fascinator’, made by the artist from white handwoven telecommunications wire. The coiling of telecommunications wire simultaneously renders telecommunications to be ‘hacked’ crudely via luddite scissor action, whilst also …

Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen:
A Fucking Didactic Educational >MOV File

Hito Steyerl ‘stays up with’ the latest consumer technologies in order to stay informed of the latest desires, politics and complications and works with ‘GIF Telepathy’ or the ‘shareable’ telepathy of the poor image. She notes that contemporary reality is already so fantastic that she couldn’t invent it and that in this condition it is necessary to deploy. Her work How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational >MOV File offers lessons in disappearance and instructions on how to pretend you are not there, some of which are to wear an invisibility cloak, to be a superhero, or to be a woman over fifty. …

Haus Rucker Co, Mind Expander project

Haus-Rucker-Co were a Viennese group founded in 1967 by Lauridis Ortner, Gunter Zamp Kelp ad Klaus Pinter, later joined by Manfred Ortner, who used architecture and prosthesis to create altered perceptions of space and situationist critique of cities and utopian thinking. Their Mind Expander works propose to facilitate mental change through bodily prosthetics and social interventions via performative-architectural sculptures. Their work sought to work with altered states and psychedelic communion. Mind Expander I extends the cyborg (‘psi-borg’ and ‘cyberpathic’) telepathy of Marcel Duchamp’s Large Glass by using transparent materials with metallic layers and geometric patterns on a transparent surface. Clear transparent inflatables are a big …

Alvin Lucier, Music for Solo Performer

Alvin Lucier collaborated with a physicist Edward Dewan in 1965 to create Music for Solo Performer. Lucier sat on a chair, eyes closed, whilst his brainwaves were recorded. His brainwaves were then amplified and wired to various different speakers. As the amplified alpha rhythm was below the human audible range, the loudspeakers were put ‘right up against’ various percussion instruments, which were then activated by means of vibration. “While Lucier attempted to refrain from mental activity, percussion sounds slowly started to fill the room, which were suddenly disrupted when he opened his eyes, engaged in mental exercise, or when his attention was drawn towards sounds …

Pierre Henry and Roger Lafosse, Mise En Musique Du Corticalart De Roger Lafosse

The tracklist from this album includes Lévitation, Pénétration, Cortisouk, Electro-Genèse, Voyage, Sauts, Hellzapop, Limonaire, and Fantasia. The live improvisation performance for this album was recorded in 1971, at Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris by French composer Pierre Henry, who was also the director of the work, using Roger Lafosse’s Corticalart Device. The researcher and musician Lafosse, founded the Corticalart Device in 1965 to facilitate the transcription of electric cortex waves into electronic signals for further raw manipulations. This experimental music concrete album was released in 1971, with Technical realization by Groupe Artec with electroacoustic equipment from Apsome & J. Heuze. The illustration …

Jacquelene Drinkall, Hypnosis in Video for Brain Computer Interface

Drinkall collaborated with programmer Warren Artmstrong in 2015 to create EEG Bioneuroheadset interaction with a video montage called Hypnosis in Video made in 2000. The movies used to capture scenes of hypnosis from cinema, via digitized VHS videos, include The Exorcist, Videodrome, Big Trouble in Little China and The Andromeda Strain. An emotive headset was used to provide data mapped from the emotional, affective and psychic state of the viewer participant and to remap and create feedback back onto the montage as it is being viewed. Shifting bars of colour, each signifiying a different mental state, are overplayed over the movie montage. After three significant …

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