Psychedelic Culture

Pennings, Mark W. (2011) Psychedelic Culture. New Psychedelia.

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This exhibition catalogue essay provides an introduction to psychedelic culture during the postwar period. It describes the early use of LSD in psychiatric circles and its conception as a psychotomimetic substance. It then considers its use by literary figures such as Aldous Huxley and followers of the Beat Generation. Timothy Leary's role as an LSD philosopher is also explained as is the rise of the Hippies and the ensuing counterculture. This culture produced a range of cultural forms such as music, fashion, graphic design and other visual arts that were informed by hallucinations experienced under the influence of LSD. It concludes with a description of the end of the Hippie movement in the 1970s.

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ID Code: 46879
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
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A new psychedelia has undoubtedly emerged in the past decade as an off-spring of the rave party, but also out of the décor of virtual reality and what William Gibson dubbed the ‘consensual hallucination’ of cyberspace…

Edward Colless

This comprehensive exhibition catalogue explores why psychedelic ideas and aesthetics have such a strong resonance within contemporary art. The catalogue reproduces artworks from the 43 artists featured in the exhibition and has been designed in keeping with its psychedelic thematic.

Dr Mark Pennings provides an overview of psychedelic culture during the 1960s, from its emergence in psychiatric trials of hallucinogens to a broad cultural context, Dr Edward Colless makes links between 1960s psychedelic culture and the renewed interest today, and curator Sebastian Moody discusses the exhibition's rationale.

Foreword: Michele Helmrich, Senior Curator, The University of Queensland Art Museum

Keywords: Psychedelic culture, LSD, Timothy Leary, Hippies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > North American History (210312)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult author
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2011 05:51
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 03:37

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