Part of the Peggy Ahwesh: Desire Machines screening

Bruce Conner’s first film shot in colour is a frenetic catalogue of images produced whilst searching for magic mushrooms. 

An early and important touchstone in the artist’s fifty-year career and a modest landmark in histories of avant-garde cinema. A whirlwind of enmeshing surfaces that show time to be an elastic thing indeed, the film also briefly features Timothy Leary, the American psychologist famous for his experiments with psychedelic drugs. Initially silent, the short version is soundtracked by the The Beatles 'Tomorrow Never Knows', a track from their 1966 album Revolver. 'Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream, It is not dying, it is not dying.'