In an attempt to develop a contemporary extension of art’s psychedelic relation and what might constitute an acid aesthetic that makes interpellations of style irrelevant, this lecture will be a meditation on dissolution, ‘becoming-molecule,’ and the zero degree of the event. Not a visual orgy, then, but according to the artist Søren Andreasen ‘what it might feel like to be hit by one proton at a time,’ or what the artist Pia Lindman calls the ‘sub-sensorial.’
Lars Bang Larsen is a writer, curator and art historian based in Copenhagen. He is professeur invité at the HEAD in Geneva. He has (co-)curated group exhibitions such as: Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings, Courtauld Gallery, London, 2016; Reflections from Damaged Life, Raven Row, London, 2013; and Incerteza viva, the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, 2016. His books include Arte y norma (Cruce Casa, 2016), Networks (MIT Press, 2014), and The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society 1968 (2010). His PhD on art and psychedelia is titled ‘A History of Irritated Material’.