Who Is The Master Who Makes The Grass Green?
Coldcut’s tribute to Robert Anton Wilson. Part of the Royal Festival Hall’s Ether Festival (by Dancing Fish)
Mottled blueblack sky.
A sudden moon — briefly! Then:
Blueblack mottled sky…
Robert Anton Wilson (born Robert Edward Wilson, January 18, 1932 January 11, 2007), the American author of 33 influential books, became, at various times, a novelist, philosopher, essayist, editor, playwright, futurist, libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic.
Wilson described his work as an “attempt to break down conditioned associations, to look at the world in a new way, with many models recognized as models or maps, and no one model elevated to the truth”. His goal being “to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone but agnosticism about everything. Bob said Model Agnosticiam consists of never regarding any model or map of the universe with total 100% belief or total 100% denial. Bob’s Maybe Logic inspired the creation of the Maybe Logic Academy. Once when asked if he saw himself as a philosopher, he replied, “I am more of a speculator.”
Dates: November 8-13, 2011
Location: 2nd Floor Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Opening Reception & Poetry Performances: Tuesday November 8, 7-10pm
“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen”. – Marshall McLuhan
Artists, as McLuhan described them, are the Distant Early Warning system of our culture. This exhibition and public performance explores the confluences between technology, poetry, artistic practice, and the influences of McLuhan’s vision in our time.
On November 8th, as part of the McLuhan 100 conference and DEW Line Festival, join us for an evening of art, poetry and celebration of McLuhan’s vision 100 years later. From Facebook, to the city streets and imaginary glimpses at a new landscape after global warming, artists, poets and new media projects present cultural reflections on the state of the Global Village.
Signals from the DEW Line is a curatorial collaboration by Andrea Thompson and Britt Welter-Nolan. http://tinyurl.com/6jdxvqx
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THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL explores modern skepticism in America, challenges the status quo and uncovers provocative links between survivalist philosophy, ecumenical spirituality, radical political theory, and outlaw culture. The audience is invited into a thoughtful conversation with the likes of Prof. Noam Chomsky, Dr. Mark Mirabello, Ramsey Kanaan, and the riveting final interview with beloved author, Joe Bageant. These unique thought leaders cast a rare shadow of doubt over our most blindly accepted American traditions. By remaining observantly agnostic to the subjects, the film is able to honestly investigate the physical and psychological practices of diverse individuals in a conflict-ridden and confused post-modern world. In a time of brainwashing corporate and political propaganda, The Kingdom of Survival reunites us with the life-changing spirit of the outlaw highway.
by M.A. Littler
An interview with Joe Bageant, author of “Deer Hunting with Jesus” and “Rainbow Pie”Slowboat Films
10/09 RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, London
10/13 BABYLON MITTE, Berlin
10/14 – 10/19 SPUTNIK, Berlin
10/15 MOUSONTURM, Frankfurt
10/18 – 10/19 CASABLANCA, Dresden
10/20 – 10/23 MAL SEH’N KINO, Frankfurt
10/20 – 10/26 FILMHAUS, Saarbrücken
10/24 CINEMA/GLEIS 22, Münster
10/29 – 10/30 CINÉMATTE, Bern
2011 Montreal World Film Festival
2011 Raindance Film Festival London
2011 Rappahannock Independent Film Fest
Photo by Joe Mabel
The two counterculture heroes, one representing the Beat ’50s and one the psychedelic ’60s, had a lot less in common than you might expect.
by Sterling Lord
“Sterling, when we hit Manhattan, the city just rolled over on its back and purred.”
Ken Kesey’s First LSD Trip Animated | Open Culture
Back in 1959, Ken Kesey, then a grad student in Stanford’s creative writing program, started participating in government-sponsored medical research that tested a range of hallucinogens — LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, and the rest. As part of the research project, Kesey spoke into a tape recorder and recounted the ins-and-outs of his hallucinations. These tapes were eventually stored away, and Kesey went on to write One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a book that now sits on TIME’s list of the 100 Best English-Language Novels since 1923.
A half century later (and ten years after Kesey’s own death), the LSD tapes live again. This week, the filmmaker Alex Gibney will release Magic Trip, a new documentary that revisits Kesey’s fabled road trip across America with the Merry Pranksters and their psychedelic “Further” bus. (Tom Wolfe, you might recall, famously covered this trip with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, published in 1968.) Taken from the new film, the sequence above mixes the rediscovered tapes with some artful animation, and it captures the whole mood of Kesey’s first trip …
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