Item description for Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine by John Geiger...
Chapel of Extreme Experience is an engrossing look at flicker potentials — a visual phenomenon which became the basis of scientific studies into how the visual brain works. In the 1960s the Dream Machine was developed to reproduce this phenomenon, emitting pulses of light and projecting patterns that produced kaleidoscopic images and even hallucinations. This book follows the interest in flicker, from its scientific underpinnings to its role in the countercultural art scene. This is a fascinating look at the Dream Machine and its influence on major cultural figures like William S. Burroughs, Aldous Huxley, and Allen Ginsberg who all experienced and wrote about the "flicker effect." Photographs are featured.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 17, 2003
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1932360018 ISBN13 9781932360011
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More About John Geiger
JOHN GEIGER is the bestselling author of The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible and four other books of non-fiction, including the international bestseller Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition. His work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Ithaca, New York, Geiger is the Editorial Board Editor at The Globe and Mail and a senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in Toronto.