Crucifixion by Mati Klarwein.
‘Psychedelic art is any art or visual displays inspired by psychedelic experiences and hallucinations known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin. he word “psychedelic” (coined by British psychologist Humphrey Osmond) means “mind manifesting”. By that definition, all artistic efforts to depict the inner world of the psyche may be considered “psychedelic”. In common parlance “psychedelic art” refers above all to the art movement of the late 1960s counterculture. Psychedelic visual arts were a counterpart to psychedelic rock music. Concert posters, album covers, liquid light shows, liquid light art, murals, comic books, underground newspapers and more reflected not only the kaleidoscopically swirling colour patterns of LSD hallucinations, but also revolutionary political, social and spiritual sentiments inspired by insights derived from these psychedelic states of consciousness.’https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_art
The psychedelic work (pictured above) that has me very excited is by a fellow called Mati Klarwein who was born in Germany in 1932. Andy Warhol named him the greatest painter alive.
I am not a fan of the gold, although I understand its significance in a painting named ‘The Crucifixion . What I am interested in with this work is how intensely detailed with craziness it is. It reminds me of a trashy Hieronymus Bosch painting. I could look at this image for hours – this of course if difficult to do with the above image but in the book ‘Electric Bananas’ I sat for a good half and hours seeing and re seeing and wandering all around this painting in much happiness. Its warped figures, many engaging in sexual acts, inter-racial (a big thing at the time), strange creatures, alternate dimensions all in a giant magical tree – how do you like that Enid Blyton.
Do you need psychedelic substances nowadays to create this type of art?, or any art that looks like it may have belong to a land of pure imagination?.
What happens to you when you take LSD for example? Unfortunately not a lot of research has been done not his area, hopefully this is changing due to the recent positive findings of psychoactive substances and depression and other mental illness’s . I have just come across a crowdfunding project for a scientist to perform the first brain scan on someone under the influence of LSD – I find this pretty insane that this hasn’t been done before and that someone has no funding for it – of course why would it be funded if it works, what would the pharmaceutical companies do then with all their anti depressants. I am not going to go into the whole debate, it is dull and typical .
In the short documentary ‘Unravelling the Creative Mind’ Dr. Nancy Andreasen, a neuropsychiatrist, explores the way creativity works in the brain.
Andreessen has been experimenting since 1974 on highly creative people such as writers, artists, nobel peace winners etc and has noticed that most people got their ideas when they let their minds wander and were not focussing on their ideas. This has parallels with the person on psychotic substances, one would definitely say their minds are wandering, is this where the masses of ideas in ‘The Crucifixion come from? Not one to ever create when I used to take mind altering goodies – oh, apart from that one time I woke up to brown painted hands and brown hippy shit swirls all over the flat – painted shit that is – that is definitely not a good example of psychedelic art, my mind either wandered too far or not far enough.
The brains function when creatively thinking is all about the association cortexes.When the eye sees something it sends the image to the visual cortex (back of the brain) which then send its to the association cortex, this is where the image is deciphered into words and meaning – an image with its emotion, a word with its meaning. This can then go further into the language association cortex where you begin to relate that image to other ideas…highly creative people can make more powerful connections and see more new connections.
Andreessen also discovered a very strong link with mental illness and creativity.
I have often dreamed of being a secretary, one that was very happy being a secretary, going home, having a glass of wine and eating dinner, talking about her day with her husband and then watching a mundane tv show and going to bed – the bliss that would be – the happiness of a slow and satisfied brain. I didn’t realise until watching this documentary that my brain is just going overtime in the association cortexes and I can completely see how this could lead to mental illness. Just the possibilities of all things can be overwhelming not to mention the numerous channels that can stay on in your mind when trying to relax – associations coming in and out, often scarily fast – luckily I taught myself techniques to alleviate the stress it can create.
So if parents let loose and partook in loads of LSD in the 60’s and we have all our ancestors memories stored in our DNA cells – transgenerational epigenetic inheritance – does this alter their offsprings association cortexes? Or their ability to accept alternate viewpoints more readily? Maybe their desire for freedom from ‘the man’. Or would these offspring have these traits anyway due to the environment they grew up in? Or is all this information stuck in the DNA waiting to be aroused? Could the offspring relive Woodstock through their DNA memories?
Theories that suggest that we can tap into the deep nature of DNA to uncover ancient memories are not new. In the 1960s, some psychological researchers claimed that there may be keys that unlock our DNA, revealing experiences of generations of our relatives who lived long before our present time.
In the 1988 movie ALTERED STATES starring William Hurt, the main character, a research scientist (Hurt) dives deep into his consciousness and genetic roots. In the film, he not only relives ancient experiences of his ancestors, he actually changes on the biological level.
This film was reportedly based on the real-life research of prominent psychologists and medical researchers of the 1960s and ‘70s who used isolation tanks and pharmacological triggers to access deep DNA memories and experiences, which they claimed were real.
These ideas are similar in a way to the concepts of past lives and reincarnation. However, this DNA-related line of thinking focuses on the previous lives within us that are based on genetic memories, encoded on the DNA helix within us.
Native Americans believe that we hold all our ancestors DNA and we can change it. Through rituals such as the Sweatlodge, Sundance etc one can release unwanted ancestral memories to clear the path not only for themselves but for their offspring as well. They believe attempting to work on these unwanted memories – or you own shameful memories in the afterlife is much more difficult, this is where we are to do our work and leave this earth plane in a pure state. They do not believe in reincarnation which goes along with scientists ideas of DNA memory, the visions you have of previous lives, you are merely getting glimpses your ancestors lives
If scientists are looking at epigenetics for the ability to turn off mental and physical disorders that are stored in the DNA, in the future could they erase these memories to make us more unimaginative, unconnected and therefore easier to control? Could they create new false memories? Apparently they are working on it….gulp. Would you want your memory erased? Or the parts of it you didn’t like? If you have an irrational fear of spiders would you want that removed? Thats is on a simple scale, what if were a personality trait that has evolved due to DNA memory? How much do we want to interfere with ‘nature’?
Other researchers are working on how to encode DNA with specific information. A study led by synthetic biologist Timothy Lu of MIT and published in Science in 2014 found a way to rewrite living DNA in a cell and watch as the altered information was transferred to new cells. The researchers changed cells to make them sense light and react to other stimuli. Next, they hope to use the technology to make a recording of the cell’s environment for study, such as placing the cells in water for a week and then testing them for toxins.
Other scientists have managed to etch the equivalent of a megabyte worth of data onto DNA, and then read it back. Both studies are more geared toward gathering and storing information, but the more we learn about how to change DNA, the possibility looms that we could learn how memories are implanted — and someday even artificially create hereditary memories, if scientific interest and ethics allowed such an outcome.