psychedelic / theme
The aesthetic gift of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and its psychoactive chemical cousins, whose effects alter their users' perceptions of the physical world. Visually, psychedelics are characterized by intensified awareness of color, so that every hue seems saturated, and by an exaggeration or embellishment of shape and curve, creating baroque forms we might now call fractal. The psychedelic is not, therefore, mere disorder; rather, like the fractal, it moves in and out of coherence, blurring edges and making for odd bed partners. It is disoriented, but not wholly without orientation.
Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.