Installation view; Pre-cognition test rig, Mk.1 steel, brass, fiberglass, tubing, compressor, rubber, wires, sensors, electronics, plastic, dimensions variable
The Prophecy Program is an exploration of possible human capabilities to sense future events, as well as an examination of the nature and language of the scientific experiment.
Sited in a former NASA wind-tunnel in Pasadena, Southern California the program consists of three experiments; precognition test-rig, waiting tower for remote viewing & bacterial drone, organised around a set of monitoring apparatus and two purposely built chart recorders.
As opposed to a scientific experiment, whereby the compiled data can be of critical importance, the program is interested in the relationship between audience and science, vulgarisation, and accurate measurements, emerging from the original claim and intention, and the creation of beliefs and/or skepticism based on the aesthetics of the test.
Pre-cognition test rig, Mk.1
The ‘Pre-cognition test rig’ subjects individuals to a randomised ‘event’, one of the six cannons surrounding the participant will fire.
Physiological data from the test subjects is monitored (EEG (Beta, Delta, Theta, Gamma), pulse, breathing, sweat) via bespoke mechanical chart recorders.
Chart recorders, Installation view
Project by Andrew Friend & Sitraka Rakotoniaina, with assistance from; Greg Ahn, Aaron Fooshee, Tim Kim, Matt Kizu & Gene Lee.
Special thanks to staff and students MFA Media Design Practices Art Centre College, Anne Burdick, Kevin Wingate, Taft Green, Alice Konitz, Casey Anderson, Ben Hooker, Elise Co, Pedro Gadanho, Yuri Suzuki & Emily Ardizzone
Produced as part of MDP Lab Summer Research Residency, Artcentre College of Design, Los Angeles, CA, 2013