exploring the use of music and psychedelic images as mood enhancers
Cyber-Rabbit has been working together with King’s College doing a research on how combining music and visual experience effects well being. Our research led us to “Sound Mind” project.
SOUND MIND aims to develop a live music and visual intervention by projections and virtual experiences which can enhance mood and provoke altered states, by recreating some of the effects of psychedelic substances.
These substances have been used by human beings for millennia, and are currently taking centre stage in mental health discourses as pharmacological mechanisms for improving depressive symptoms, with clinical trials in the last decade showing promising therapeutic potential. However, these drugs are controversial and not without side effects, so what if the positive effects could be achieved without drugs, instead drawing on music, visuals and technology?
The more we dig into the human psyche, the more we understand that our health is directly connected to our minds. Since we live in a time where science fiction is becoming science fact, soon we will be able to turn our minds inside out by using technology and we will directly deal with what's hidden at the core ; without being prescribed to pharmaceutical substances that only temporarily ease the problem away.
Our next experience is part of Arts in Mind Festival. If you would like to join this experience, our next upcoming concert will be on the 8th June 2018
Arts in Mind is a celebration of innovative collaborations between academics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the creative and cultural sector.
The week-long festival taking place from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 June 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the IoPPN joining King’s College London and showcases exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and performances that test new ways to improve wellbeing and encourage better understanding of mental health, the brain and the mind.
Together, academics and cultural partners have addressed a range of topics including maternal mental health, the experience of psychosis and depression, identity in brain injury, mood enhancing properties of psychedelic music and imagery, HIV and wellbeing and the affinity between brain and urban landscapes.