The ICA has been holding a series of talks looking the various curatorial approaches that have been taken in the institution’s history. The latest in the series is entitled "Higher State of Consciousness: The Psychedelic Event" and addresses the organisation’s reaction to the psychedelic scene.
This will be with particular reference to the 1969 performance by Soft Machine and the ICA’s “Mid Summer High” event. The talk will address the question of whether the intellectual position of the curator was undermined by drugs and flashing lights or if it allowed artistic experience to be fully realised. Stirring intellectual stuff indeed!
If you fancy a stimulating evening of debate, it takes place on Tuesday 25 June at the ICA in London. Further details can be found on the ICA website.