Please join us for a book release event for Kasper Opstrup’s “The Way Out. Invisible Insurrections and Radical Imaginaries in the UK Underground 1961-1991”. A counterculture history of art and experimental politics that turns the world inside out. Discussion will include Kasper Opstrup, Stewart Home, and Mark Pilkington.
“The Way Out” examines the radical political and hedonist imaginaries of the experimental fringes of the UK Underground from 1961 to 1991. By examining the relations between collective and collaborative practices with an explicit agenda of cultural revolution, Kasper Opstrup charts a hidden history of experiments with cultural engineering, expanding current discussions of art, medias, politics, radical education and the occult revival. Even though the theatres of operation have changed with the rise of the Internet and a globalised finance economy, these imaginaries still raise questions that speak directly to the present.
Bio: Kasper Opstrup is a writer and researcher of radical culture, specialising in concatenations of art/literature, radical politics, and occultism as counter-culture and underground phenomenon. Currently he is working on a book examining aesthetic undercurrents of mystical utopianism from surrealism to the contemporary tentatively called “An Imaginary Kingdom in the Wastelands of the Real – on Art, Esotericism and the Politics of Hope”.