A new psychedelia has undoubtedly emerged in the past decade as an off-spring of the rave party, but also out of the décor of virtual reality and what William Gibson dubbed the ‘consensual hallucination’ of cyberspace…

Edward Colless

This comprehensive exhibition catalogue explores why psychedelic ideas and aesthetics have such a strong resonance within contemporary art. The catalogue reproduces artworks from the 43 artists featured in the exhibition and has been designed in keeping with its psychedelic thematic.

Dr Mark Pennings provides an overview of psychedelic culture during the 1960s, from its emergence in psychiatric trials of hallucinogens to a broad cultural context, Dr Edward Colless makes links between 1960s psychedelic culture and the renewed interest today, and curator Sebastian Moody discusses the exhibition's rationale.

Foreword: Michele Helmrich, Senior Curator, The University of Queensland Art Museum

Design: Warren Taylor

120 pages, full colour, soft cover
ISBN: 9781742720027 (pbk)
Published by The University of Queensland Art Museum 2011
RRP $15.00 including GST
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This project has received assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland



Publication sponsor

Research for Dr Edward Colless's essay has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body


View the exhibition New Psychedelia here

Nick Selenitsch
psychic income (frisbee) 8 2009
pigment pen on archival board
Collection of Sandra Powell and Andrew King, Melbourne
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Photo: Andrew Curtis