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Experimental 1960s psychedelia by Jud Yalkut

Some real history of psychedelic video. These are videos by 1960s experimental psychedelic film maker Jud Yalkut. Here a quote from a dissertation about Yalkut by psychedelic historian Chris Elcock.

USCO also collaborated with the filmmaker Jud Yalkut, who produced disorienting films allegedly in an attempt to ―find another way to hit people, to dislocate them, and then re-center them at the end – very much a trip analogy.‖102 Masters and Houston described his art as ―a torrent of hurtling colors and lights, forms blinking, whirling, and surging. Image follows image in rapid-fire succession, distorting awareness of time and space as the sensory bombardment continues.‖103 For Gerd Stern, a testimony of Yalkut‘s use of psychedelics is apparent in his heavy use of the in and out zoom,104 as can be seen in his collaborations with the polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama.105

On March 1, 1968, Kusama presented her ―Self Obliteration‖ at the Cooper Square Arts Theater in front of a crowded audience. To accompany the happening, a band composed of late-teenagers called ―The Dayz Beyond‖ played psychedelic rock. Kusama entered from behind the stage, ―dressed in red leotards with white dots sporadically covering her outfit and wears a long-furred black coat.‖ She was soon followed by three semi-nude men who wore US flags around their waists. As she began to paint dots on their skin, more naked or near-naked participants joined in. Then, a fake policeman arrived on stage, swinging his club and shouting that everyone was under arrest. He was wrestled down to the floor and stripped. Kusama then produced a print of the Mona Lisa and began painting dots on it, while a film partly made and edited by Yalkut appeared on a screen, just above the band. The whole event was intensified by flashing strobes.106

(From:Elcock, Chris. “High New York: The Birth of A Psychedelic Subculture in the American City.” PhD thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 2015.)

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9 November – Radio Berlin Tel Aviv

A psychedelic conspiracy theory regarding the infamous 9th of November date tying up Nazi Germany, the Hebrew Bible, Jewish history and the 9/11 attacks, courtesy of yours truly. (It’s all explained in the part that start 2:30).

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Loie Fuller – Danse Serpentine by the Lumière Brothers (1896)

This is the earliest psychedelic film that I am aware of (1896!) featuring the legendary dancer and Art Noveau icon Loie Fuller. The film was made by the Lumiere Brothers, who were among the earliest pioneers of cinema, which means psychedelic visuals were there from the very start.

Here’s a short video about Loie. What a goddess!

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Best psychedelic videos of 2017

As in every year, the Daily Psychedelic Video celebrates new year’s eve with a selection of the best videos that appeared on the DPV this year.

How to watch these videos

We recommend dedicating an evening to watching these videos on big, high-rez screens, with good speakers and in a receptive, psychedelic state of mind. Let these videos take you on a journey.

 

MGMT – When you Die

MGMT have been amply featured here on the DPV in the past, but their new videos, which came out published this December is to our mind their masterpiece so far. While the tone is at times rather dark, the clip more than makes up for it with a strong tune, stunning, vivid imagery and animatic prowess. (Original post).

 

Nightmares on Wax – Back To Nature ft. Kuauhtli Vasquez, Wixarika Tribe

Back to nature in a powerful music clip which breathtakingly and effectively utilizes collage techniques to bring the point home about nature and the ecological catastrophe. (Original Post).

 

Tempest – Robert Seidel

Robert Seidel takes video mapping to the next level with this video that combines abstract video projections and immersive soundscapes with choreographed fog and water fountains. (Original post).

 

History of the entire world I guess – Bill Wurtz

In 2017 Bill Wurtz created this amazing video in which he tells the history of the entire universe in less than 20 minutes, from before the big bang and until the current moment. (Original post).

 

Lichenologist – Matthew Killip

An awesome video by Matthew Killip looks at the strange weird world of lichens following lichenologist Kerry Knudsen and his psychedelically informed ideas on lichens. (Original post).

 

Lillusion de Joseph – Mr.Klesha Animation

Go on a trip with some 19th century optical illusion animations (invented in 1832, this technology was called phantasmascope) brought to life and psychedlicized by Pask D’amico from Klesha Productions. (Original post).

 

Rick and Morty – Exquisite Corpse

2017 was the year when Rick and Morty went overtly psychedelic when Morty broke Rick’s vial of LSD. (Original post).

 

Optimistic Nihilism – Kurzgesagt

Kurzgesagt finally unveil their existential philosophy of ‘optimistic nihilism’ in this stupendous video which explains why one can find immense meaning and satisfaction in life, despite our growing perception of our infinitesimal place in the universe (Original post).

 

The Gate – Björk

Björk enchants again in a video from her ninth album “Utopia” directed by the masterful Andrew Thomas Huang and exploring on the possibility of love. (Original post).

 

Vini Vici Off Limits DJ Emok Martin Vice

A face flushed with light and color explores the possibility of video mapping on human face (original post).

 

The Infinite Now – Armand Dijcks

The mesmerizing Infinite Now brings together the incredibly detailed pictures of Australian photographer Ray Collins and turns them into an immaculate, highly-detailed film of oceanscapes (Original post).

 

Disjointed season one animation reel.

A series of short animations taken from the Netflix series ‘Disjointed’ about the life of an L.A. cannabis dispensary owner. The last minute of this clip which includes an animation by Hideaki Inaba arouses particularly stunning psychedelic ecstasy (Original post).

 

OK Go – Obsession

One cannot summarize a year in psychedelic video without the inescapable ‘OK Go’ video. This time the band performs together with an orchestra of printers to produce a great psychedelic symphony of printed bliss (Original post).

 

Populous – Azulejos – Emanuelle Kabu

Azulejo lovers will find much joy in this tribute to Lisboa’s Azulejo’s by Emanuelle Kabu (Original post).

 

The Velvet Underground, Nico – Sunday Morning

A 50th year anniversary video from for the Velvet Underground’s Sunday Morning (1967) gives a long awaited psychedelic video rendition to this classic video by the New York avant-garde group (Original post).

 

Some forgotten 2016-2013 gems

While we try our best, we can’t help but miss some of the fresh psychedelic videos out there on the web, and sometimes these get featured on the site a year or more after their release. Here are some of the best videos of 2016 (and one from 2013) which we missed in last year’s list.

 

Say Yeah – Kishi Bashi

A prefect poppy tune matched with immaculate 80’s style digital animation and a sweet story of a love that triumphs over all obstacles (original post).

 

Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love On Me

The connection between the poppy lyrics (‘girl put your love on me, Cuz I won’t let you down’) and the dancing Buddhist monks of this Thai temple seems questionable and weird, but that’s all for the better! (Original post).

 

Kingdom of Colours – Thomas Blanchard

Master of colours, Thomas Blanchard in another high-rez video which goes into the miniscule and infinitely detailed worlds of acrylic colour mixtures (Original post).

 

Pulse – Mike Oblinski

Cloud watching was always a favorite psychedelic pastime. Here you can watch some incredibly intensive storms which produce streams of flowing clouds in the sky (original post).

 

High and Low – Empire of the Sun

A Pet Shop Boys-like psychedelic trip in the shiny blue sky accompanied by Australian group Empire of the Sun. Video is by Roof Studio, and while this is all a bit tacky, the psychedelic goods keep coming. (Original post).

 

Je Suis la Montagne – Moodoïd

French psychedelia band Moodoïd in a powerful animistic song (I am the mountain!) (Original post).