Prosopopoeia as Protocol: The Hale Experiments and Object-Oriented Ventriloquy during the Cold War
The general problem of deriving information (intelligence, actionable data, orienting indices) from “objects” has long preoccupied scientists, philosophers, and members of the clandestine services. New documentation has recently come to light that bears on this important subject, and a full airing of these striking sources is urgently wanted. In brief, there are now reasons to believe that individuals apparently associated with the CIA may well have embarked, in the early 1960s, on a notably non-traditional program of interrogatory investigations into the secret life of brute matter. Were these experiments conducted in association with associates of the Order of the Third Bird? It seems likely. Further work is needed, but on the evening of November 6, members of the Editorial Committee of ESTAR(SER) will provide a preliminary research report.
About ESTAR(SER): The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird.
Part of a series of lectures and workshops entitled It, Me, You, Us: Close Encounters with Interpretation, exploring varied ways of writing about and engaging with art, with an emphasis on the sensory, the subjective, and the shared.
Other programs include:
Thursday, December 4: Listening Party
Co-programmed and co-sponsored by the RISD Museum, the RISD Writing Center, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, the Mapping Identities initiative of the Provost’s Office, Graduate Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture, and Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.