Thursday, April 26, 2007

myoelectric sensor

this will be perfect for our forthcoming audio-video live performance ;-)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Allucinogeni e Cristianesimo - Evidenze nell'arte sacra

Just published:

Allucinogeni e Cristianesimo - Evidenze nell'arte sacra

Fulvio Gosso & Gilberto Camilla
The Italian Society for the Study of the States of Consciousness
preface by Carl A.P. Ruck

Colibrì Edizioni Milano 2007

Lavishly illustrated, the book presents 30
important examples of medieval to Renaissance
artworks, providing key evidence that psychedelic
mushrooms must surely have played an important
role in Christianity of the time. Illustrations
of stained glass windows in several famous
cathedrals incite one to depart immediately to
the nearest church or cathedral with a pair of
binoculars to search for further such examples,
so obvious are the depictions! Even if you do not
read Italian, the book is a key addition to any library on sacred plants.
- Peter Webster

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Creativity and What Blocks It

Found on deoxy, very interesting essay (canbe found here), here is the final paragraph :

It seems that the whole conditioning of all who take part must in fact change: society, the family, and the individual. It is thus clear that there is no single stationary point at which these problem might be attacked. The educational system, society, and the individual are all intimately involved. But it is ultimately the overall order of human consciousness that has to be addressed.

Declassified MK-Ultra Project Documents

This mind control program from the CIA started in the 50's and wanted to explore the use of electric stimulation as well as psychoactive substances to achieve the following goals :

  • "promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public"
  • "increase the efficiency of mentation and perception"
  • "prevent or counteract the intoxicating effect of alcohol"
  • "promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol"
  • "produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc."
  • "render the indication of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness"
  • "enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion during interrogation and so-called 'brainwashing'"
  • "produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use"
  • "produc[e] shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use"
  • "produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc."
  • "produce 'pure' euphoria with no subsequent let-down"
  • "alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced"
  • "cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning"
  • "lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts"
  • "promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects"

For those who don't know about this here is a nice article on wikipedia
Documents related to this project have been declassified, from invoices to strange equipment lists can be found here

Wider info on war on drugs and mind control programs Erowid

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Powersuits : Exoskeleton for Japanese Nurses

Japan has to face the growing old of an everincreasing number of people and not enough staff to care for them ; Japanese scientist prototype a power suit for nurses to wear, that is to say a suit that demultiplies your strength by a factor of 2, thus allowing nurses to carry old persons and flip them on bed effortless..

Article here

Video Demo here

Video Log

Audio-Visual Performance Xperiments : Part A Audio-visual jockey from ikar on Vimeo.

Teratone Vision Audio-Video workshop @ trip bubble lab.

::AV Mixing
Edirol V4 Video Mixer + Gemini DJ Audio Mixer
Alternate solo configuration with AV Mixer Demo

::AV Vinyl Timeline Control, Pitch & Scratch
Technics MkII Turntables + MsPinky IWS

::AV FX's
Legacy kaos pad with linked Audio & Video mapping

VJ Ikar + VJ Soyouth
Sony & Dell Dualcore laptops, Edirol & M-Audio Asio Soundcards, Novation Remote25 Controller

Expect some upgrade in the months to come ;-)

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