Psi and the Visual ArtswithEtzel Cardeña

Books Mentioned In This Interview

etzel cardeña altering consciousness august strindberg from an occult diary georgiana houghton chronicles of spirit photography k almqvist hilma af klint: the art of seeing the invisible ernest hartmann boundaries: a new way to look at the world wassily kandinsky concerning the spiritual in art upton sinclair mental radio francis crick the astonishing hypothesis: the scientific search for the soul andré breton arcane 17 f w h myers human personality and its survival of bodily death andré breton nadja katherine conley robert desnos james c carpenter first sight: esp and parapsychology in everyday life jeffrey kripal mutants and mystics

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


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