The Flicker and the Dream Machine (was: flicker)

From: Adam Trowbridge (email suppressed)
Date: Tue May 01 2007 - 15:33:27 PDT


I've been researching flicker, both your film The Flicker and
Sommervile/Gysin's Dream Machine, as they relate to W. Grey Walter's
The Living Brain and later developments. I've had difficulty finding
anyone who "picked up the torch" from the 60s flicker experiments,
specifically artwork intended to directly stimulate the brain,
without conscious interpretation, using flickering light. In the
science field, I found a book from 1977, Visually Evoked Potentials
in Man, that goes deeper into possibilities but I haven't had any
luck turning up continuation of art research into the subject. Today
all that seems to remain are light/sound biofeedback devices.
I'm writing to you, and the list, to see if you have, or anyone else
has, any names or works to share that continue the research that came
from the early flicker work. I think art work that takes neurological
research into account is going to move into prominence, especially
since we are on the cusp of readily available, EEG-based game control
systems and toys*. I hope that the potential of flicker-based work,
as direct stimulation and not an aesthetic technique, is realized

Thanks for anything you can share.


* see

Adam Trowbridge
email suppressed

On Apr 27, 2007, at 3:32 PM, Tony Conrad wrote:

Hi Lisa-------

Dark frame: Put on lens cap
Light frame: Shoot white paper out of focus, exposed +2 stops


Quoting Lisa Oppenheim <email suppressed>:

> Dear Frameworkers-
> I am just wondering what was the technique used for making
> "Flicker" and other such B&W filcker films... Were black frames drawn
> directly on clear leader?
> Thanks!
> Lisa Oppenheim
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