The Science of Mystical Vision

As part of her intricate investigation of the inner landscape, in 2014 Chavez initiated a collaborative research program committed to developing a scientific language which accounts for experiences of radiant visions within the mind's eye.

As a visiting artist-researcher in the neuroscience of creativity at Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London, she develops pioneering research on visual perception and creative inspiration alongside a world-class team of neuroscientists. Combining the ancient wisdom of contemplative practices with the latest science of the mind, Chavez and her team investigate the frontier of optics through an extensive series of carefully documented meditation-induced encounters with light. Drawing from this rich bed of ongoing research, her interest in the phenomenology of light, and the emergent possibilities of working with human consciousness as an art material, she has created immersive environments and performances which fuse art, science, technology, and contemplative practice. 

Credits
Artistic director, performer, and research subject : Lia Chavez
Scientific directors, data collection & analysis: Dr. Joydeep Bhattachaya and Dr. Caroline di Bernardi Luft
Host institutions: Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London
Research funding bodies: Creativity Enhancement through Advanced Brain Mapping and Stimulation (CREAM) and Seventh Framework Programme

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