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Psychedelia in the Movies, Part 2

Once the late ’60s boom in acid culture and acid cinema had dissipated, the psychedelic movie became another component of the fringe and the experimental, something to recur and be revived at intervals, a pattern that continues into the present.

Psychedelia in the Movies

As someone who took LSD whilst training as a film student, I was often struck by the notion that the sheer magnitude and pan-dimensionality of the acid experience could never be even remotely contained within the circumscribed parameters of film – but at the same time I understood the irresistible urge to try nevertheless.

Pluto and the Death of God

Pluto appeared as the Roaring Twenties gave way to the Great Depression and the world marched toward Auschwitz and Hiroshima. Already in 1930, those who cared (or dared) to scry the forces at work behind the scenes could feel the rising heat.

A Gate-Crashing Journey at Joshua Tree

Through many years of yoga practice, I had developed an easy talent for accessing unusual
realms of consciousness. Yet I was aware that another set of tools existed for such attainment. Could eating hashish enable me to — as the song by the Doors put it — break on through
to the other side? 

Tryptophantasia: a Talk with Kaliptus

On February 13th at the Wild Project in NY, the animation artist Kaliptus presents animation from a group of psychotropic video artists at an event he calls "Tryptophantasia." Kaliptus is a self-described exorcist and bringer of paradise through v…

Bad Boy Nietzsche: A Play

Friedrich Nietzche "is a man who sees the darkness, where other people think there is a light still shining." The story begins with the philosopher collapsing when he sees a horse being beaten on the street, and explodes as characters identified as the Child, the Cruel Man, and the Beautiful Woman enter the scene. The full text of this "mesmerizing tragicomic fantasia of a play" (The New York Times).

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