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Kara Uzelman

Extra-Sensory Perception Experiment with the Grateful Dead

An artistic fabrication, this audio recording was inspired by the contents of a closed archive related to LSD research conducted in Saskatchewan during the 1950s and ‘60s. Extra-Sensory Perception Experiment with the Grateful Dead imagines the sounds and conversations of an ESP experiment between the mind-altered audience members of a Grateful Dead concert and psychic-sensitive individuals asleep in dream-states at a research laboratory.

For optimal experience, the artist suggests listening with headphones or external speakers.


Kara Uzelman (b. Vancouver 1978) lives and works in the small Saskatchewan town of Nokomis. Adopting an ethos of making as an emancipatory force, Uzelman engages with the processes of gathering, making and inventing as a kind of self-directed study of her surrounding environments. Her sculptures, collections and archives activate the narrative potential of objects and explore the immaterial qualities of the material world.

Since graduating from Emily Carr University in 2004, Uzelman has presented her sculpture and site-specific installations in group and solo exhibitions including those at The Power Plant, Toronto; Le Commissariat, Paris; Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin; and Mercer Union, Toronto. She has participated in residencies at The Klondike Institute of Art, Dawson City; Triangle, Marseille, France; and Mains D’oeuvres, Paris.