October 16, 2021 | Holo sounds #6 | M.1 Hohenlockstedt | Link

Morey Bernstein’s The Search for Bridey Murphy and Henry Blythe’s An Investigation into Reincarnation are the only two regression hypnosis records ever released. As case studies, both records document the regression of two protagonists in an experimental hypnosis setting. Unbeknownst to each other, both records were released almost simultaneously in 1956 and have an identical length of 36 minutes.

During the performance, both records are played simultaneously through two sets of opposing stereo speakers. According to hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson, acoustic doubling creates a perceptual overload that opens a space that forms the basis of extrasensory experience. Gym mats are laid out and sleeping masks are distributed. The audience is instructed to enter a relaxed state for the duration of the performance.

The sound installation will be accompanied by an exhibition section, documenting the history of both records through media clippings, original documents and ephemera – and thus expands a singular piece of media history into a metanarrative beyond scientific comprehensibility.