Artist as Seer: Ostensible Psi Phenomena and Alternations of Consciousness in Modern Art
Prehistoric art was partly concerned with illustrating magical relations and the alterations of consciousness of its creators, but the focus shifted later to stereotypical formulas and representational art. With the increasing disregard of representational art at the end of the 19th century, some artists began to explore their own fantasy and conscious experience as a source for their creations. They also conceived some of these experiences as being validated by the scientific and esoteric postulates of the time such as the all-pervading ether. In this presentation, Professor Cardeña will discuss the relation between various movements in art (romanticism, symbolism, abstractionism, and, above all, surrealism) and alternate states of consciousness and ostensible psi phenomena. He will also review research suggesting that artists have greater psi ability than the average individual and speculate why this may be so.
This event will be held in English.