As an extension of yesterday’s post and Tim Leary’s thoughts on “designing chaos and fashioning your personal disorders on screens….”, I opined that it may be interesting to check out some of those “cybernetic tools” he was on about. Of course, having passed on in 1996, Leary would not have been as clued in as we are on the cybernetic tools at our disposal ten years on. I’m not even sure that such an entity as a ‘blog’ existed ten years back, so that “Guerrilla Artists” could paint their “De-Animation Alternatives” for all interested viewers to check out and respond to and/or be influenced by to create their own “CybErotics” or other creations that could evolve into their own ‘CybeRealities’. Leary’s vision included of course, a “Countercultural Perspective” fueled by “Information Chemicals (Chaos Drugs)”, which would, in his view, enable the artist “…to glimpse the glorious wild impossibilities and improbabilities of the century to come”.

By “Chaos Drugs” Leary was referring to the range of psycho-active stimulants that includes LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide – a chemical derivative of ergot discovered by Dr. A.Hofmann of Sandoz Chemical Works in the early 60s), Psilocybin (Psylocybe mexicana), or Magic Mushroom, Mescaline (Lophophora williamsii), or Peyote, a cactus indigenous to Mexico and the south-west of the USA and, to a lesser degree, Cannabis. His vast experiences with these substances had enabled his alternate realities through the expanding of his consciousness. And this was, in the opinion of many, the catalyst that “blew the minds” of many of the musicians, artists, writers, actors, film-makers and intellectuals (with counter culture leanings) in the 60s and 70s. The Beatles, the Stones, Dylan and all the other musicians to evolve out of the ‘golden age of rock ‘n roll’, Andy Warhol, Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Richard Brautigan, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda (remember their landmark movie ‘Easy Rider’?) and scores of others were among the influenced who used their psychedelic experiences to fuel their creative endeavours. The ‘free-love’, ‘anti-war’ and ‘anti-establishment’ attitudes of the younger generation, who began to question the longstanding values of the American way of life and look to philosophies and religions outside the Judeo-Christian fundamentals, were also results of experimenting with these mind-altering substances. And Leary was in the forefront of it all. John Lennon’s ‘Come Together’ was written for Leary as his anthem during his campaign to be governor of
California.

Lissenup maaan, yo be digressin here. If yo go on bout all dat stuff it could run into pages of sheet. Les get back to what Leary was sayin bout dem “Guerrilla Artists” paintin dere visions wit dose cyber-tools.

Java’s right, I tend to get carried away. There’s so much stuff that’s related to Leary’s piece that it’s hard to avoid the references that may enlighten and give a clearer perspective. Okay, to get back to where we were –

Yo be at da place dat talk bout dem ‘Chaos Druuugs’ maan, only ting bout dat be dat mos of dese folk you be talkin to here aint into dese trips. An if dey were, where do yo tink dey be able to get dese druuugs? Remember, dis aint California in da 60s or 70s, dis be Sri Lanka in 2006 an dat whole counter-culture be loonng goonne, so what do dese “Guerrilla Artists” do for da stimulus ol Leary be on bout?

Java’s right – again! I guess some of the more enterprising and/or adventurous folk reading this will have access to some of what Leary was recommending. For the others, who are not into all this mind-altering business through organic or chemical inputs, the power of the imagination could also be an awesome tool “…to glimpse the glorious wild impossibilities and improbabilities of the century to come”. So get it on and see what possibilities exist for you to “..design chaos and fashion your personal disorders on screens – with cybernetic tools”. Never mind the “countercultural perspectives” or “information chemicals”!

Heey maan, do yo mind if I end dis wit somting by ma maan Lennon tellin bout his trip after one of dose sessions? Yo know it well – ‘Tomorrow never knows’ – be one of yo favourites too…

Turn off your mind, relax,

And float downstream

It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts,

Surrender to the void

It is shining, it is shining

Yet you may see the the meaning of within

It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone

It is knowing, it is knowing

And ignorance and hate

May mourn the dead

It is believing, it is believing

But listen to the colour of your dreams

It is not leaving, it is not leaving

So play the game ‘existence’ to the end

Of the beginning, of the beginning

Of the beginning,

Of the beginning, of the beginning

Of the beginning,

Of the beginning

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