Art and Human Consciousness
is a film about this brilliant psychoanalyst and his study of the
creative mind as a window on human consciousness.
funds were contributed by many individuals to the Multidisciplinary
Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) enabling Richard Kane
to document an historic event in Gruyere, Switzerland where Stanislav
Grof visited famed artist Hansruidi Giger at his H. R. Giger Museum
and conducted workshops and conversations with Giger, Albert Hofmann
(Swiss discoverer of LSD), and author Tav Sparks.
Giger’s “fantastic” art fascinates Grof for its
psychosexual, mechanoid depictions of the perinatal stage of child
birth – a cornerstone of Grof’s ideas. Giger is known
most for the design of his Alien character for which he earned an
Academy Award. Grof’s study of non-ordinary states of consciousness
and their impact on creative problem solving and the making of art
is ground breaking.
In the film conversations ensue between Grof and Albert Hofmann.
Grof first gained fame in the 1950s having conducted more clinical
studies with LSD than anyone before or since – and later his
co-discovery of an alternative approach to amplifying psychological
processes through Holotropic Breathwork. These altered states have
caused life-changing, transcendent experiences, and in many ways
revolutionized the scientific study of the human mind.
According to Joseph Campbell: “others working in this field
will find Dr. Grof’s discoveries a basis for a whole new strategy
The impact of this film on the study of art and human consciousness
will significantly contribute to an understanding of the minds’s
drive to be creative. Funding is sought to complete this one hour
The conversation between Stanislav Grof, Albert Hofmann and Tav
Sparks, with an appearance by Hansruidi Giger is available on DVD.
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