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Back to raving

Coming back to raving, some new reference points:

Cal Mac 'Agony to Ecstacy'


A film about intimacy, addiction, ecstasy, raving and the freedom of open rural space. Mixes scenes in the Scottish countryside with scenes of clubbing.

Artist Emmie McLuskey essay https://www.fvu.co.uk/read/writing/states-of-being

Plastique Fantastique


After the tutorial with Angela McClanahan-Simmons, I was able to find some more commonality in my various research. Taking ecstasy and dancing in a throbbing crowd is a kind of ritual where you can experience a temporary bodily and cognitive shift. This liminal, dark and comforting place is my experience of the 'weird' eerie. It is a positive experience inside the darkness.

Other useful references/connections are around cognitive archaeology, states of decay:

Arnold Vangennep

Mary Douglas - the function of taboo

Alexa Hare - Nemoralia

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