When: Sunday 9th December 2012
Doors Open 3.00pm – Film starts 3.45pm
Where: Hoxton Gallery – Drysdale Street, London N1 6NG
Entry Fee: £5.00 / £3.00 (Concession)
After graduating from UCL in 1992, Simon G. Powell suffered an extended bout of ‘mushroom fever’ brought on by excessive psilocybin use. After this ‘mushroom fever’ subsided, he was left with a case of chronic biophilia compounded by chronic gaiaphilia. This curious condition, which turned out to be permanent and quite stimulating, led him to write a number of unorthodox books such as The Psilocybin Solution and Darwin’s Unfinished Business (both of which he discussed on recent appearances on Sky TV and London Real).
Simon also felt compelled to write and direct two radical film documentaries: Manna and Metanoia. Although ‘vintage’ and low budget, many people have found value in the unorthodox themes passionately conveyed in these films.
The earliest film—Manna: Towards a New Understanding of Nature—concerns the cultural history of psilocybin mushrooms (i.e. ‘magic mushrooms’) and their potential eco-psychological impact. Simon argues in the film that the mushroom is a kind of antidote to our current ecological destructiveness, and that it can foster a new and more appreciative view of life on Earth and a more healthy relationship with Nature.
At this event, there will be a projected screening of Manna and Simon will take questions afterwards. On arrival there will be tea, coffee and snacks, and Simon may even attempt to provide some live impromptu ambient electro-acoustic guitar. Bring an open mind!