Where did mushrooms originate? Did they come from outer space like Terrence Mckenna suggested? One sure thing is that who ever watched mushrooms grow noticed that even the way they grow is psychedelic. The internet is full of time lapse videos of mushrooms growing. I picked a few of my favorites.
check out this Amanita Muscaria slowly turning into a spaceship:
The next video is a time lapse of a european forrest full of delights:
This last video should be watched on full screen! If you thought the forrests in europe are full of delights, now it’s time for some amazonian forrest:
(Directed and written by: JULIE TAYMOR, 2007)
At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is an original movie musical springing from the imagination of renowned director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, and the Broadway smash hit musical “The Lion King”) and writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (The Commitments).
A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock ‘n roll, the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with “Dr. Robert” (Bono) and “Mr. Kite” (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy – against all odds – to find their own way back to each other.
Malice in Wonderland (1982)
The animation I’ve embedded is one of his least disturbing, Life is Flashing Before Your Eyes (1984). Now, you should be aware these are some heavy mindfuck material, especially Malice in Wonderland.
Quotes: “Malice in Wonderland is the only video on Youtube that actually scared me. Thank you.”
“your malice vid has scarred me for life man”
Vince has his own Youtube channel, but is not producing the time-consuming hand drawn stuff anymore, because this isn’t the 1970s, when there was grant money flying around for artists like him.
Frank Zappa’s 1971 feature film (93 minutes, directed with Tony Palmer) is not for the week at heart: it’s super intensive, slapstick psychedelia with a hardly noticeable plot line to follow – something about a band on an endless crazy tour. Zappa fans love it, to judge from imdb message boards, while the rest render it “unwatchable”; still no one claims to understand it.
200 motels features The Mothers Of Invention (Zappa himself plays a side role as a musician in the band), animation by Charles Swenson, Kieth Moon in drag as a Nun, and Ringo Star as Larry The Dwarf, who pretends to be Frank Zappa.
This is a video of the Dream Machine Brion Gysin and Ian Summerville invented and build after reading William Grey Walter‘s book, The Living Brain. It is a nice diy approach to making mechanical interfaces for psychedelic experiences and experiments widely available.
I hope to write a whole post on mechanical interfaces for conciousness manipulation (compared to chemical interfaces like psychoactive substances) soon.
You can find a java based online version of the dream machine here.
The psychedelic experience allow one to relate differently to the world around us: it removes the differentiation between object and subject, and alters the perception of cause and effect. This is why I think an interface should be a major consideration in a psychedelic work of art; and the reson I picked the video above from Thor Johnson’s highly recommended Vimeo page.
These elastic tentacles reminded me of the game pod from David Cronenberg’s “Existenz”. A cyber-psychedelic masterpiece that will get a post of its own… soon!
“Blueberry”, A.K.A “Renegade” (2004) is one of the most psychedelic films I’ve ever seen. It is a rare film which has a trip-like feeling from beginning to end.
This sequence, portraying an Ayahuasca experience undergone by the hero Vincent Cassel near the end of the movie, is one of the most breathtaking depictions of the psychedelic experience ever created. Lo and behold.