|The Science of Consciousness 2016 - Art Tech Exhibit |
Conference and Exhibit Website The Science of Consciousness 2016
Wednesday and Friday April 27 & 29, 7:00pm-10:00pm
|The Correlation of Rhythm and Consciousness:
Rhythmic practices and shifted states of consciousness
A correlation of rhythm and consciousness is generally accepted but it is not well understood. Insight can be gained through a comparative
study of the cultural beliefs and understandings regarding the relationship of rhythmic practices and consciousness.
|Artwork: “Video Mnemonic” projection |
The artwork I am exhibiting is a “Video Mnemonic”, a digital video that integrates coordinated rhythmic cycles. The project is an attempt to “prime” a condition or state of consciousness that might be called noetic or lucid wakefulness, which is conducive to and accelerates inspiration and creative activity.
The video is made up of three rhythmic cycles which correspond to three types of awareness – in this case perhaps intellect (brain), emotion (heart) and instinct (gut). When attention is equally focused and distributed upon all three types of awareness equally the result is a shifted state of consciousness. A shifted perspective perhaps, or enhanced lucidity that is receptive to insights, inspirations and conducive to creative activity.
The project draws inspiration from the following research case studies:
• Lucid Dream induction exercises researched by Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. at Stanford University and described in “The World of Lucid Dreaming”. I am working with three types of the rhythmic exercises, adapted for the induction of a wakeful lucidity.
• African Yoruba rhythms of ritualized possession, in this case the polyrhythm that is associated with the Orisha (deity) Ellegua, the gatekeeper between the realms of the material and spiritual realms. Each Yoruba polyrhythm is made of 3 rhythms: a grounding rhythm, a portal or opening, and the call to the specific deity
•The “Mnemonic” graphical devices of 13th century logician Raymon Lull and “Art of Memory” practices. Solutions to posed problems would be generated by turning three concentric “wheels” and interpreting the juxtaposition of inscribed codes which corresponded to memorized “universal truths”. A “mnemonic in previous times was a device to access both memory and future events.
This is an evolving artwork. Previous versions have been exhibited in NYC, 2015 and initially at the Cairo Di-Egy Exhibition in 2013.
|“Video Mnemonic” (Pam Payne, 2015) on YouTube: “Video Mnemonic” (Pam Payne, 2015)||“Artistic Expeditions in Consciousness” Master Class: BecomeBecome, Athens Greece, May 2016|
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