High Society: History of Drugs-Ausstellung

19.11.2010 Misc #Drugs

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Sehr schöne Ausstellung in der Wellcome Collection in London: High Society. Falls jemand grade da ist: Unbedingt anschauen! Auf der Website zur Ausstellung gibt's ein paar schicke Bilder von Opiumhölen und alte Anti-Drogenflyer, die Essays sind alle ziemlich toll, vor allem der hier: Drugs and the brain: A quick guide to brain chemistry.

Hier das Buch zur Ausstellung: High Society: The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science and Culture (Amazon-Partnerlink), das Bild unter dem Video zeigt „Doctor and Mrs Syntax with a party of friends, experimenting with laughing gas
T Rowlandson after W Combe, coloured aquatint, 1823“, das gleich folgende „A busy stacking room in the opium factory in Patna, India, W S Sherwill, lithograph, c.1850“, mehr Bilder und Infos gibt's auf We make Money not Art. Hach, ich liebe diesen Scheiß!

With the illicit drug trade estimated by the UN at $320 billion (£200bn) a year and new drugs constantly appearing on the streets and the internet, it can seem as if we are in the grip of an unprecedented level of addiction. Yet the use of psychoactive drugs is nothing new, and indeed our most familiar ones - alcohol, coffee and tobacco - have all been illegal in the past.

From ancient Egyptian poppy tinctures to Victorian cocaine eye drops, Native American peyote rites to the salons of the French Romantics, mind-altering drugs have a rich history. 'High Society' will explore the paths by which these drugs were first discovered - from apothecaries' workshops to state-of-the-art laboratories - and how they came to be simultaneously fetishised and demonised in today’s culture.