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PROJECT TITLE: ‘LUCY IN THE SKY’ – A VISUALISATION OF SOUND THROUGH PSYCHEDELIA 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  

 

From the start of this unit, I wanted to form an installation of moving image that would represent the feeling of being on a psychedelic drug, giving the person an auditory and visual experience of what it would possibly be like.  

 

Psychedelia is subculture influenced by the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and mushrooms.  

Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles are just a few names that come to mind when people think of the culture.  For the past year, I have been fascinated by the early work of Pink Floyd, with their live performances and experimentation within music and moving image. For this project, I really wanted to capture that era of music within an installation, an experience for people to witness and take something away from it.  

I myself have never consumed a hallucinogenic drug, so I needed to find out how it affects your mind and how it influenced many people. I have since found out what people say it feels like. Why people do it and how the drugs come to be used by the people it affects. This was supported by my interviews of two people, one being a friend who has taken LSD and another being my father, on what it was like to grow up within the epicentre of the subculture during the 60s and early 70s. This research was critical in presenting the subculture correctly.  

Along with research into the culture, I looked at projection and the creative mediums of the colourful and hypnotic era. I have Learnt the 60-year-old technique of liquid light, that has little information online and in threat of being lost to history, along with taking photographs in black and white film. These were both a great way to fully immerse me within the culture. 

 

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