[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Louise Wilson — Black Box

Artist Statement

(Sub-title: Anomalous human-machine interactions involving a Pseudo random number generator (Pseudo REG) and ArtREG.) In 1979, the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program was established to study anomalous consciousness-related phenomena of possible relevance to basic physical science and engineering practice. A large number of controlled experiments have been conducted in which an operator’s intention has been proved to have a direct effect on the behaviour of sensitive physical devices. In Black Box, participants are invited, both individually and in groups, to interact directly with PEAR software. A body of data will be collected and forwarded, raising such questions as possible gender “signatures” and remote effect.

  • Louise Wilson (UK) is a British artist currently living in Montreal. Her installation and performance work has been shown in Germany, Slovakia, Canada, France and England. It frequently involves the cooperation and participation of individuals and companies from the realm of scientific research.