The Office of Experiments Neal White ~ The Office of Experiments





The Office of Experiments
and Self-Experimentation

A series of works that has examined the notion of a bottom-up aesthetic, a shift between the roles of artist/performer and viewer, and the nature of subject and object. In common with other recent works, it is conceived as an event based aesthetic but requires direct participation to be experienced in its entirety. Drawing out issues relating to the social, moral, ethical and aesthetic limits of institutions when dealing with the work, it does not seek to solve this problem, but to problematise the increasingly regulated space of Museums, Universities and other cultural space. It draws on both clinical self-experimentation and the phenomenom of mass voluntary self-experimentation as day to day practice in culture, and asks what potential the exceptional space created by art might contribute.

Truth Serum 2008

Latest and last in this series, the work at FACT, Liverpool is an installation, an offsite experiment, a performative conference paper and an essay (Truth Serum Threat: Notes on the Psychorpharmacology of Truthfulness by Dr.Nicolas Langlitz of The Max-Planck Institute in Berlin). The work was made as a response to the context of cultural production in which artists have been persecuted, particularly the case of US Government V Steve Kurtz and Critical Art Ensemble, with whom I exhibited in 2002-3. The work simultaneously examines the role and use of Truth Serum by the CIA and FBI and its potential use as the 25th interrogation technique in a renewed war on the real and imagined dimensions of fear and terror and acts of personal resistance through self-experimentation.


Introspective Self-Rapports: Shaping Ethical and Aesthetic Concepts 1850-2006

Paper and workshop - Max Planck Institute and Pre Print Publication:
Max Planck Institute - The Office of Experiments

The publication follows on from a two-day event at the Max Planck Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas that included a performance of ‘The Void’ at The Bar in Karl Marx Allee, Berlin.

The pre-print publication can be downloaded as a pdf document and includes 12 papers from a diverse range of speakers on the subject and practice of self-experimentation or self-rapport.



Annette Bitsch, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mark Butler, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Luciana Caliman, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin;
and Instituto de Medicina Social, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Jürgen Daiber, Lehrstuhl für Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft, Institut
für Germanistik, Universität Regensburg.
Nicolas Langlitz, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Honza Samotar, unknown
Katrin Solhdju, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Neal White, The Office of Experiments , London


A CD of the performance in Berlin is also included the paper version of the pre print publication. There is only a limited edition. Please email further enquiries.

Self Rapport - 10.2 MB pdf



Randy - Cipher of The Office of Experiments - Featured in Truth Serum - FACT, 2008


Installation of The Void in 'The Bar', Karl Marx Strasse, Berlin. Part of the Self-Rapport event.




Samotar Sketch