Queer Psychedelic Age: Zach Blas discusses tech, drugs & the apocalypse in the latest episode of AQNB’s Artist Statement podcast

, 7 October 2020

“I think we could say with microdosing on LSD, or taking nootropics within a larger programme of self-optimisation of the body, another psychedelic experience is being sought,” says artist, writer and filmmaker Zach Blas, on drug use in Silicon Valley. “But it’s one that’s much more focussed around being a neoliberal visionary.” Speaking with associate editor Jared Davis on topics spanning queerness in California, big tech and a “new psychedelic age” for AQNB’s bi-monthly Artist Statement podcast, this latest episode with Blas is available exclusively to subscribers of our Patreon.

Born in West Virginia, studying in California, and now at home in London where he is  a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, Zach has presented work for the likes of de Young Museum, San Francisco, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the 2018 Gwangju Biennale and more. Talking from his South London home, Blas spoke on topics ranging from queer theory, what can be meant by “the trip” in our contemporary age, as well as notions of the apocalypse.

Zach Blas, The Doors (2020). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist + de Young Museum, San Francisco.

Queer Psychedelic Age is the latest in our Artist Statement podcast series, with past episodes featuring Lucrecia Dalt, Lawrence Lek, Legacy Russell and more. The full episode is accessible to our subscribers right now on Patreon. Sign up now: www.patreon.com/aqnb.**

The latest episode of AQNB’s Artist Statement podcast featuring Legacy Russell is available exclusively to our subscribers today.