Friday, May 20 | 5:30 p.m. | Warszawa screening room
Psychedelic Renaissance. A meeting with Maciej Lorenc, member of the Polish Psychedelic Society, following the screening of the film DESCENDING THE MOUNTAIN, dir. Maartje Nevejan
Booming in the United States during the 1960s and curtailed by Richard Nixon less than a decade later, the research into the effects of psychoactive substances is once again gaining popularity among scientists all over the world. The potential benefits of psychedelics in the treatment of addiction, depression or anxiety have become a subject of many debates. We will talk about the effects psychoactive substances have on our brains, the attitudes towards psychedelics and the political perspectives with a renowned expert on the subject, Maciej Lorenc.
Maciej Lorenc – he graduated in sociology from the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation at the University of Warsaw. The author of the book Czy psychodeliki uratują świat? (Krytyka Polityczna, 2019), a board member of the Polish Psychedelic Society, a contributor to Narkopolityka, and a translator of many books on psychedelics, including those by Albert Hofmann, James Fadiman, Torsten Passie, Stanislav Grof and Rick Strassman.
Krystyna Weiher-Sitkiewicz – cultural event organiser, meeting moderator, anthropologist, film educator and exhibition curator. Museum adjunct at the Ethnographic Department of the National Museum in Gdańsk.