Towards a Cosmotechnic Psychedelia: film screenings and panel discussion

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Towards a Cosmotechnic Psychedelia: film screenings and panel discussion

Towards a Cosmotechnic Psychedelia explores topics such as alternate states, entity encounters, and differing ethical, moral, and social forces, as described in Yuk Hui's concept of 'cosmotechnics.' This framework continues to shape psychedelics and plant medicine tools used by communities in the global south of Putumayo, Colombia, alongside affluent Western contexts.

The event features the experimental documentary True Hallucinations by Péter Bergmann based on Terence McKenna's book, followed by contemporary takes on McKenna's lifework by artists Ursula Biemann, Patricia Dominguez, Andrea Khora, Suzanne Triester, and Rebeca Romero. The panel includes artist Helen Knowles, clinical trials manager Catherine Bird, and artist Andrea Khora, with contributions from Dr. Hernando Chindoy Chindoy, former Inga Community Leader.

The event arises from Helen's current PhD research entitled "More Than Human Healthcare". For this project, she collaborates with the Psychedelic Trials Team at Kings College London, The London AI Centre, and with members of the Inga community in Putumayo, Colombia. With thanks to Northumbria University and King's College London for supporting the event.

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27 May 2023


arebyte Gallery, 7 Botanic Square, E14 0LG⁠


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