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Oct 18, 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Powell Campus Center, Nevins Theater
Bergren Forum

BERGREN FORUM - "Alternative Art Spaces and A Psychedelic Goddess Cult”

Lydia McCarthy

In Athens there is an active, young, international art community that has sprung up in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. Exhibitions open nightly - in studios, apartments, old homes, parks - with a gritty, experimental and DIY culture taking precedence over commercial, market driven spaces. The energy and chaos of the city permeates the art community. In a northern suburb of Athens lies Eleusina, a Culture Capital of Europe in 2021 and the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the ancient Greek cult of Demeter and Persephone that was active for over 2,000 years. Psychonauts of the 20th century like Gordon Wasson, Albert Hoffman and Terrance McKenna wrote about the secret ritual of the Greater Mystery, believing that the brew ingested by initiates, kykeon, was psychoactive. I will present my research into these two facets of Greek culture and the work I made during a month-long artist residency.
The Bergren Forum sponsored by the Division of Human Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Provost’s Office will be meeting from 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 18 in the Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.


Powell Campus Center

Powell Campus Center

One of the finest centers for academic and social activities of its kind, it features a cafeteria-style dining room with panoramic hillside views, a state-of-the-art surround-sound movie theater/forum, an "open air" food court, a night club, student organization offices, a multi-cultural center, meeting rooms, a formal Alumni Lounge, the University bookstore, the Center for Advising and a TV lounge.

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