The Department of Psychedelic Studies was the second of three Departments within the Institute. For six weeks, artists Mark Essen, Hilary Koob-Sassen and Kate Owens worked in residence at Wysing.



The Department of Psychedelic Studies

Artists in residence and public events 27 June-12 August 2011
Gallery presentation Pursuing The Turquoise Universal 13-28 August

For The Department of Psychedelic Studies, artists Mark Essen, Hilary Koob-Sassen and Kate Owens worked in residence at Wysing exploring ideas around psychedelia and counter-culture. A series of public events informed the development of work, which was presented in the gallery at the end of the residency in the exhibition Pursuing The Turquoise Universal.

The Department was the second in Institute of Beyond's series of residencies, preceded by The Department of Wrong Answers and followed by The Department of Overlooked Histories.  The Department culminated in our second annual music festival, Past Present Future Space Time.  An exhibition, The Starry Rubric Set, brought together work from all of the Departments at the end of the year.


2 July, 2-9pm A day-long programme of talks, presentations, discussions and screenings, exploring the influence of psychedelia. With the Department of Psychedelic Studies residency artists, writers and academics Jonathan Harris, William Rowlandson and Doctor Roger Buckley. Plus a film programme devised in collaboration with LUX. Adults: £10, Concessions £5. Food and refreshments will be available. Booking essential.

23 &  24 July, 2-5pm An Open Weekend with over 20 artists opening their studios to explore Wysing’s 11 acre rural site. The weekend also includes the presentation of a new project in Wysing’s gallery devised by curator Paul Pieroni in collaboration with the residency artists; poet, sound and visual artist Lawrence Upton and violist and composer Benedict Taylor. Cream Teas will be served throughout the weekend by Café Abantu and there will be free, family drop-in activities Wysing’s site.