Brainwaves in Neuroculture. Would the Buddha Wear a Walkman?
‘Would the buddha wear a walkman?’ is the title of a 1990 sales catalog for ‘consciousness tech’, a collection of tools that might “change the way we think - and perhaps even our brains themselves.” In this lecture, Flora Lysen examines historical fantasies of brain wave recording and current art-science experiments with E.E.G. to think about how we could position ourselves in relation to the authority of neuroscience and the promises of neurotechnology.
Flora Lysen is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam, based at the Mediastudies department, writing about the history of brain science and popular culture. Previously, she has worked at various institutions, including the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) and If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam).