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The Laboratory of Psychical Research Sound Installation

The Laboratory of Psychical Research Sound Installation

From 13 – 16 November 2021, The Court Room at Senate House, University of London, played host to a reimagining of The National Laboratory of Psychical Research established in 1926 by Harry Price, psychic investigator.

Visitors explored laboratory equipment & toy instruments that were originally used to detect activity of unseen psychic forces and using a smartphone app & headphones. This Audio Augmented Reality (AAR) mobile application enabled visitors to listen to historical recordings of spiritualist séances, interviews and other sound recordings that were spatially positioned at the locations of the physically exhibited objects. This virtual soundscape was overlaid on top of a physical soundscape within the room itself, inspired by the history of psychical research.

The Laboratory of Psychical Research sound installation was created by Aleksander Kolkowski, kitt price and Laurence Cliffe. It was produced especially for the Media of Mediumship research project as part of the Being Human Festival 2021, hosted in partnership with Senate House Library.

The Media of Mediumship research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and follows on from the Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947 research network.

www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/project/media-of-mediumship/

mediaofmediumship.stir.ac.uk/2021/11/26/ghost-hunting-in-the-lab-reanimating-the-laboratory-of-psychical-research/