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Psychedelic experiences and cultural transformation

— September 2011

Article read level: Undergraduate / student

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Ashley Bickerton, The Alley, 2009. Oil and acrylic paint on archival canvas in carved wood artist frame, inlaid coconut, mother of pearl, and coins

Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art

By Ken Johnson


Candidly and in personal terms, Ken Johnson addresses the role that psychotropic drugs historically played in modern American culture. He describes how mind-altering substances opened up ways in which viewers of art could move beyond cognition and aesthetic experience to engage with art on through direct experience. He takes into account a residual or looping effect, positing that many...

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