Outrospectre - simulating out-of-body experiences

On September 19th, Frank Kolkman will perform the first of a series of public experiments called 'Outrospectre', attempting to achieve an automated out-of-body experience* at the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag in Amsterdam.

Outrospectre is an experimental proposal for a medical device that aims to simulate out-of-body experiences. As suggested by recent (para) psychological research, the sensation of drifting outside of one’s own body could possibly reduce our fear of death. The installation - referencing X-ray machines and CT-scans - questions how we might begin to apply said research for use in hospitals, where it could possibly help terminal patients more comfortably acknowledge their own mortality.

Outrospectre is generously supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and was developed within the scope of a 3Package Deal in collaboration with: Waag (Creative Care Lab), Makerversity Amsterdam & Museum Vrolik.

This event is by invitation only

* Disclaimer: Taking part in this experiment will be entirely at your own risk. Participants may experience discomforts like motion sickness, nausea and/or dizziness triggered by light flashes and/or audio latency. Pregnant or elderly individuals, those that have pre-existing binocular vision abnormalities, those that have a history of symptoms linked to an epileptic condition, and/or those that suffer from a heart condition of other serious medical condition are advised against taking part.


Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam