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Chance to experience psychedelic flickering light practice at free festival exhibition

Dr Reshanne Reeder
Dr Reshanne Reeder

Visitors to an upcoming exhibition will have the opportunity to experience a centuries-old psychedelic flickering light practice.

Ganzflicker creates visual illusions and altered states of consciousness and has been used to reveal the hidden inner workings of the human imagination.

Dr Reshanne Reeder, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University, has partnered with Dr Matthew MacKisack from the University of Exeter to host a free exhibition at Southport’s Atkinson Theatre as part of the Being Human festival, which runs from 10-19 November.

Open your eyes to a showcase of historic Ganzflicker techniques and discover what artists and scientists have to say about the mind’s ability to shape the experience of reality.

The exhibition will include interactive installations and activities aimed at all ages, including video projections, wearable “hypnobuckets”, and an art and collage station where you can illustrate your personal Ganzflicker experiences.

Dr Reeder said: “Ganzflicker captures a dynamic projection of people’s imagined experiences, like opening a window to the mind’s eye.

“In less than ten minutes, it creates altered states of consciousness, with no lasting effects for the brain.

“Visual experiences set in almost as soon as you start looking at it.”

Book free places for the opening event on Friday 11 November, an after hours event on Saturday 12 November, or have your Ganzflicker experience drawn by resident artist Kirsten Baron on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November.

Strobe lighting will be used during the event.

It may be unsafe for those with epilepsy and other conditions with sensitivity to light.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, taking place 10–19 November 2022. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.

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