What is Talking to Lampposts?
In October 2012 Patient H69 suffered a rare catastrophic neurological episode. Within days she had sensory paralysis of her hands and legs, and was completely and utterly blind. Talking to Lampposts is an immersive large-scale touring exhibition telling her story through art and neuroscience. The concept spans approx 2000-3000 sq m and offers visitors a highly engaging and participatory experience, following a real story they learn about how we see, our visual system, elements of neuroscience and perception. They experience first hand what it is like to go blind, then have sight reborn a day at a time. Via visual installations and art they will experience the incredible visual phenomenon that Patienth69 documented, such as seeing in two dimension, seeing only in black and white and synaesthesia reactions to colour. The exhibition is underpinned by a roster of clinicians, scientists and neurologists explaining the science of the story as visitors walk through it. This is truly the ‘patient experience’.
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The Beach EEG Project is just one installation from this main exhibition, that is being created as a spearhead and satellite forerunner. This flagship exhibit opens the door for the general public to engage with, and understand their own minds; and therefore help them harness the physiological power they have over themselves and their lives.
What inspired ‘The Beach EEG Project’ exhibit?
Patient H69 used mindfulness and visualisation techniques as a physiological ‘tool’ to reduce and at times alleviate her body tremors and anxiety brought on by the attack on her nervous system.
Whilst lying in a hospital bed completely blind, Patient H69 transported herself into a vivid mental world entirely of her own making; her sanctuary. In her case – she visualized a beach. This was a place where her imagination controlled the light, colour and environment. It was her way of reliving sight, when in fact she could not see.