Altered States

Panel discussion and party for frieze's summer issue Altered States

19 Jun 2018
7:00pm - 11:30pm
Miranda, Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JQ
United Kingdom

The summer issue of frieze magazine is devoted to interpretations of Altered States. To mark the 75th anniversary of the invention of LSD, the subject of Altered States is explored in relation not just to psycho-active drugs, but also the geo-political and technological altered states we experience today. For this event we ask: what is the artist’s responsibility to the shifting times we live in? Join us for a fascinating panel discussion followed by a DJ set with Paul Day.

Taken from the latest issue of frieze, author and curator Mark Pilkington explores our altered social consciousness: ‘For much of the late twentieth century, New Age gurus and prophets told us that we all create our own reality. It’s unlikely that they had Fox News and Russia Today in mind, but it’s clear that what the mystics call ‘reality creation’ and the spies call ‘perception management’ has become one of the defining issues of our age. That this era of leaky realities should coincide with a new wave of interest in psychedelic experience seems only natural, as cultural and social boundaries melt as fast as the ice caps. What is truth? What is reality? These days, to quote Robert Anton Wilson’s unofficial catchphrase: reality is what you can get away with.’

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic, and critic. She is the winner of the 2014/15 Observer Anthony Burgess Arts Journalism Prize. She regularly hosts Radio 4's Front Row and Saturday Review, and reviews for Financial Times, The Guardian and the TLS.  She is currently writing about the culture of clothes and working on a book on the philosophy of dress.

Oliver Chanarin (part of artistic duo Broomberg and Chanarin) is a professor of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, Germany. Together they have had numerous exhibitions, including at Centre Pompidou (2018). Their photography tackles politics, religion, war and history: prising open the fault lines associated with such imagery, creating new pathways towards an understanding of the human condition. Trained as photographers they now work across diverse media, reacting to their photojournalistic experiences.

Ismail Einashe is a feature and investigative journalist based in London. He has written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Prospect, The Atlantic, NPR and The Nation. He has worked for BBC Radio Current Affairs and has presented on BBC Radio. He is an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Journalism School and an associate at the Cambridge University Migration Research Network (CAMMIGRES).

Jennifer Higgie is the editorial director of frieze. Over the past year, her writing has appeared in frieze, Frieze Masters and the anthology Good-Bye Europe: Writers and Artists Say Farewell (Orion, 2017).  Her first children’s book, There’s Not One (2017) is published by Scribe. She is currently adapting her novel Bedlam – based on the life of the artist Richard Dadd – for screen. 

Paul Day specialises in all vinyl sets. He currently holds four residencies across London.


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