'Who took the Drugs? Displaced Hallucinations in Psychedelic Fiction Films'

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Abstract

My paper explores how, in films like Wonderwall (1968), More (1969) and Performance (1970), psychedelic effects are not contained by the points of view of characters who are under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. I argue that psychedelia inflects cinematography and setting, so that narrative realism, psychological realism and abstraction are combined to form a radical new aesthetic. My paper considers how the films achieve this blending of modes by deploying other psychedelic arts in the image and soundtrack or by drawing on the cinematic and literary avant-gardes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2015
EventBreaking Convention: The 3rd International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness - University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jul 201512 Jul 2015

Conference

ConferenceBreaking Convention: The 3rd International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period10/07/1512/07/15

Keywords

  • Psychedelia
  • Avant-garde
  • Mainstream film
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Levels of narration
  • Epistemic complication
  • Hallucinogens
  • Focalisation

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