Thursday, 24 February 2011

Topiary and Treppanation

Here are some images taken at Beckley Park in Oxfordshire. Not only home to fabulous examples of topiary some of which are over 100 years old but also home to Amanda Fielding, artist and scientific director and founder of The Beckley Foundation. Fielding is perhaps best known for her self-trepanation in the early 1970's, and is an expert in the research of expanding consciousness as well as taking a huge role within of the independent study of psychology and neurophysiology. She will be talking at The Breaking Convention in Canterbury as well as speaking and showing her film " Hearbeat in the brain" (documenting her trepanation) at the ICA as part of the Strange Attractor Salon that will run alongside the Nathanial Mellors show.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Breaking Convention

Breaking Convention 1-3 April 2011
A Multidisciplinary Meeting on Psychedelic Consciousness
University of Kent, Canterbury

A great weekend convention in Canterbury with an array of speakers, music and art. There are still cheap tickets going until the end of February. More information here and here!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sean (1970)

This incredibly sincere documentary was totally unbeknownst to me until my fabulous artist friend Arabella Campbell sent me it the other day. Directed by film maker Ralph Arlyck whilst he was a graduate film student in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, Arlyck casually interviews the four year old Sean, capturing his perspective on smoking weed, the police and finding wearing shoes as 'creepy'.