Founded in 1995, The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective dedicated to experimental live performance. Since the company’s founding, LIDA has maintained a vigorous and strong commitment to the growth of the avant-garde in the American Theatre. Working as a permanent company of artists and technicians, The LIDA Project builds new works for the theatre based on a unique long-form collaborative process for devising new work.The LIDA Project also runs work | space its artistic home and development lab in the RiNo Arts District in Denver.
The Origins of LIDA
“For over a decade, spanning the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Central Intelligence Agency in the United States sponsored experiments in extreme forms of mind control and behavior modification. MK-Ultra (ultra mind kontrol?) was the title of their most notorious covert program designed to develop and make operational technologies for disrupting and then reprogramming an individual’s habitual patterns of perception, thought, and action…
Meanwhile, Soviet scientists created a device that bombards the brain with low-frequency radio waves. These airborne waves can travel over distances and change the behavior of animals and humans in their path. The low-frequency waves simulate the brain’s own electromagnetic current and produce a trance-like state. The device known as LIDA, (pronounced lee-da) is described as having therapeutic value for cases of hypertension and neurotic disturbances. But such remote control makes possible some potentially frightening uses for altering the brain’s functioning.”
Philip G. Zimbardo
Mind Control: Political Fiction and Psychological Reality