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Corey Dansereau

Corey Dansereau

Cohort: 
2016
Field of Study: 
Religion and medicine; history of pharmacology, psychedelic therapy; counterculture, new age, transhumanism; political theology; phenomenology
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I’m interested in breakdown – especially when it appears as something habituated, circumscribed, regimented. Virtuosic stagings of meltdown and madness (Finnegans Wake, Cioran’s “directions for decomposition,” Spring Breakers); chemical ecstasies ringed with insurance policies and institutional prestige (the renaissance of psychedelic research underway in mainstream academic medicine); scheduled and taxed curations of gravityless space (festival culture, technoclubs) — but also the hazy boundary between what’s contained and what isn’t. For Hegel, the instability of that boundary is the very engine of the dialectic: Spirit “only wins its truth when it finds itself utterly torn asunder”, gathering itself towards a climactic put-togetherness “only by looking the negative in the face, and dwelling with it. This dwelling beside it is the magic power that converts the negative into being.”