YOUR ULTIMASCOPIC PLEASURE....
THE ALTER SUBLIME HALLUCINATORIUM
Towards the end of the 1900s, Alter Sublime introduced its Hallucinatorium,
a touring neurotech sideshow engineered to provoke retinal splendour
in the unwary. Visitors to the nomadic Hallucinatorium were treated
to designed and improvised stroboscopic stimulation by means of the
D.A.V.I.D. Paradise, a superb light & sound device developed and
manufactured by Comptronic
Devices Ltd. The therapeutic applications of this instrument are
quite remarkable, but so are its properties as a catalyst of spectacular
visual phenomena. By programming sequences that exploited the Paradises
most dynamic and varied effects, I was able to produce a sort of intracranial
fireworks display for those who donned the patented Omniscreen eyesets.
For many, the experience went beyond the enthralled observation of fascinating
colours and patterns to become a hyperlucid and ultravivid dream of
otherworldly aspect (its possible that in certain cases the viewers
perceptual faculties had been augmented by chemical assimilation - contrary
to the manufacturer's advice). Proferring psychedelic sessions such
as Turbulation, Tranceport X, and Velvet Airlines, the Alter Sublime
Hallucinatorium materialized at various raves, nightclubs, and festivals
in the Toronto area, Montreal, and parts of New York state (making rogue
appearances under the auspices of other operators in British Columbia
and Nova Scotia).
The images in this gallery have been selected from the TVI archives
to provide glimpses of the Hallucinatorium in operation. Herein can
be seen adventurous neuronauts submitting to the strange refulgence
of a pulsed-light trip on the Paradise Device.