Summary Of Computational Crystallomancy @ APIARY

I was delighted with the workshop at Apiary Studios this previous Saturday.

I was graced with a wonderful workshop of attendees all of whom really enjoyed the manic and mystical concept hopping that preceded the actual crystal gazing process. Thank you to Sophie Cooper, Renee Carmichael, Jaygo Bloom, Rita Correddu, Stuart Dunbar and Hedva Eltanani. I hope I got across the idea of mystical practices as ‘action magick’, i.e. means of engaging your unconscious mind to change behaviour.

I asked everyone who was partaking in the gazing to enter with a question, and write that question (or wish) onto a piece of paper with their bad hand. They then gazed at the crystal while hooked into an Arduino GSR for as long as they deemed necessary.

Incidentally the experiment I was harking back to was initially conducted in 1952 and was intended to use GSR as a means to determine whether various states of trance as induced by hypnosis could dampen the pain sensation. Though in no way concerned with pain for my project I am interested in drawing out objects and practices that are conduits to trance states and putting them through the reality grinder that is the sampling capabilities of an arduino.

Effects of hypnotic suggestion on pain perception and galvanic skin response.

Some participants even reported receiving a vision or two. Furthermore there was a satisfying degree of variation in the GSR samples but calamity struck when Open Office wiped 3 of the 7 CSV files I’d logged when I attempted to open them to mock up some quick graphs. Such a frustration!

I will upload the (redacted of course) datalogs onto the Data-Mining Divination website when that is up and running (hopefully end of July @ the latest), and I will run some graphs up onto this blog once things settle down a tad (presently doing a fair chunk of tech reporting which is time occupying in the extreme).

Credit to Vincent Van Uffelen and Jonathan Munro for organising this event, these sorts of confluences of makers and artistic thinking is just the kind of breeding ground that those interested in probing computational culture need to engage with. May it be the first of many

~ by Stephen Fortune on June 29, 2011.

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