Magazine #30

 

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The desire to escape the constraints of everyday life and view the world from outside or above is one of the oldest dreams of humankind. But the search for an "altered state" fundamentally differs from strategies of stupefaction or suppression. The state of ecstasy, the sense of being "outside ourselves" is tied to the hope of achieving greater awareness, more clarity, a more refined sensitivity that enables us to perceive what lies hidden in our mundane, socially controlled existence. Since the age of Socrates, the transcendental, ecstatic experience has been associated with the artistic process. In fact, it is possibly one of the oldest cultural topoi shared by diverse cultures around the world. The texts in this issue adress aspects of "altered states".

 

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