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Image Credit: Joshua Whitaker, ‘Acid History’ film still (2023)

Joshua Whitaker (University of the Arts London, BSA Artist in Residence), ‘Acid History‘

‘Acid History’ is neither a record of psychedelic culture nor a catalogue of LSD experience. ‘Acid’ is deployed within the seminar, as Jeremy Gilbert has theorised it, as an adjective— a term that is both mystical in its practice and adamant in its materialism 1 . It suggests a methodology of history which employs ‘weirdness’ (in its oldest sense, of controlling fate, becoming, and bending) to radically rethink the
conditions of the past, and produce a future which escapes neoliberal politics. The seminar will link; St Paul, the Delphic oracle, fate, the Weird Sisters, puppets, collective joy, dance, and a ‘spirit of place’ using film, music, performance, and the conventions of a traditional lecture, as Avery Gordon puts it, ‘to consider a different way of seeing, one that is less mechanical, more willing to be surprised, to link
imagination and critique, one that is more attuned to the task of "conjur[ing] up the appearances of something that [is] absent"’. 2

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Wednesday 31 May at 4pm (UK) / 6pm (Greece)


Artist in Residence talk
When: 31 May, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EEST
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