Mind Radio: De Studievereeniging, 2007
“It is impossible to report on our activities, since no phenomena have occurred.”
An installation concerning psychogalvanic phenomena, wild metaphysics and hyperaesthesia, on view at the Medium Gallery, Groningen.
In 1921 the Dutch Society for Psychical Research was founded. Its president was dr. Gerard Heymans, professor in philosophy and psychology at the University of Groningen. From his inauguration speech:
“We don’t desire to arrange interesting shows a la Rubini, nor to collect sensational stories, nor to satisfy higher or lower emotional needs, or the need for comforting views or nervous shivers. We want to study the phenomena involved scientifically, and without prejudice…”
The S.P.R. under Heymans deals with the first, trying years of the S.P.R. As a starting point for The S.P.R. under Heymans the minutes and proceedings of the meetings of the S.P.R. from 1921 to 1925, the year in which Gerard Heymans gave up his presidency, were used.
The Dutch Society for Psychical Research was also the subject of my performance-lecture Nervous Radiation.