Psi and the Visual ArtswithEtzel Cardeña

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Alex Grey André Breton August Strindberg Einstein Ernest Hartmann Francis Crick Georgiana Houghton Gilbert and George Hieronymus Bosch Hilma af Klint Jeffrey Kripal Marina Abramovic Remedios Varo Robert Desnos Susan Hiller Upton Sinclair Victor Brauner Wassily Kandinsky

Etzel Cardeña holds the endowed Thorsen Chair in psychology at Lund University in Sweden, where he directs the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology (CERCAP). Among his books are Varieties of Anomalous Experience published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and now in its second edition, the two-volume Altering Consciousness: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, and Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century, which provides a “state-of-the-art” account of the scientific evidence for parapsychology, as well as offering methodological and statistical know-how for beginner and advanced researchers.

Here shares his observations concerning the strong interest in psi, psychical research, and parapsychology expressed by visual artists with a particular focus on modern art. The conversation is highly illustrated with artwork from Hieronymus Bosch, August Strindberg, Georgiana Houghton, Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, André Breton, Remedios Varo, Victor Brauner, Alex Grey, Susan Hiller, Marina Abramovic, plus Gilbert and George. This interview is based on a paper recently published in the Journal of Parapsychology. Interested viewers can get a free copy of the paper from Etzel Cardeña if they write him at

(Recorded on January 5, 2021)

Published on January 25, 2021