Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream: Exploring parallels between psychedelic experiences and virtual reality

Arts & Culture
re:publica 2017

Short thesis: 

There is a growing movement of people from all walks of life having psychedelic experiences for the purposes of consciousness expansion, creativity, personal growth and therapy. In this talk, Dr Bryan Duggan will explore the psychedelic experience from the perspective of Timothy Leary, Terrance McKenna, Alan Watts, Psychedelic Science and others. Further, he will show how how aspects of the psychedelic experience can be conveyed through immersive virtual reality by providing beautiful, psychedelic inspired, consciousness expanding experiences to the player.


He will discuss several VR projects inspired by psychedelic consciousness and culture and reflect on his own journey programming creatures in DEEP. Set in a beautiful, fantasy underwater environment, DEEP is a meditative and psychoactive virtual reality experience that encourages mindful, deep yoga breathing in order to help relieve anxiety.

Stage L2
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 18:00 to 18:30


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