Lightshows and the cultural politics of light: mid-century cosmologies

Rycroft, Simon (2013) Lightshows and the cultural politics of light: mid-century cosmologies. The Sixties, 6 (1). pp. 45-64. ISSN 1754-1328

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The practices of multimedia lightshows developed by the British counterculture in London during the 1960s are related to aesthetic practices involving the use and manipulation of light in Kinetic and Op art. Both reflect a new sense of matter and energy that emerged from the adoption of post-Newtonian understandings of nature and the cosmos in the mid-twentieth century. The stereotypical cosmic mysticism with which the counterculture is associated was more techno-scientific that it is painted. The London underground press is a good source with which to elaborate this more nuanced reading. The counterculture’s cosmic speculation was as much earnest reflection on new vistas of nature and the universe as glib reflections on a Technicolor acid trip.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: online first edition 10 April 2013
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Depositing User: Simon Rycroft
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 15:17
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