Insight 20223
August 31 – September 3 in Berlin

Panel – Transcending Understanding and the Understanding of Transcendence: The Role of Art in Psychedelic Research and Therapy

  • 01/09/2023
  • 14:00 - 14:45
  • Room: Robert Koch (5th floor)



Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz
Professor for Digital and Experimental Design
Faculty of Architecture
President of the UdK Berlin

Zeus Tipado, PhD Candidate
Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience
Maastricht University

Koleka Putuma
theatre practitioner, author and poet
based in South Africa



Dr. sc. hum. Henrik Jungaberle

CEO of MIND Foundation | CEO of OVID Health Systems



What is the role and perception of art in the current psychedelic culture and science? In which ways is this perception limited by our social stereotypes and technical standards? How do the mind altering substances influence the process of artistic creation? Can such experiences be used therapeutically and as means of social change? What can we do to cultivate the collaboration of art and psychedelic science? To explore these questions four experienced professionals with different backgrounds come together and offer their unique perspective: Koleka Putuma, theater practitioner and poetess who has explored the influence of colonialism on the use of mind altering substances, neuroscientist Zeus Tipado, PhD researcher on the effects of DMT at the Maastricht University, Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz – architect and the president of the Berlin University of the Arts, and Dr. sc. hum. Henrik Jungaberle, CEO and Director of the MIND Foundation.

Dr. Norbert Palz – Expanded Perception in Arts: Historical Influences and Contemporary Relevance

This lecture explores artists in Europe and beyond who experimented with altered modes of perception and sensory reception through drug use, rituals, and physiological means like fasting. These unconventional practices, often seen as outsiders, made significant contributions to 20th-century advancements in the Arts. Focusing on examples from outsider art, art brut, and psychedelic art of the 1960s, we challenge conventional notions of artistic expression and form. Investigating the historical context, we provoke discussions on their potential novel relevance in contemporary art. This presentation invites participants to explore the connection between altered perception and creative innovation, questioning the boundaries of artistic expression. By understanding the role of perception in shaping creativity, we hope to inspire new perspectives on art and its transformative power.

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