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dc.contributor.authorSt John, Graham
dc.description.abstractThis chapter provides insight on an assemblage of spiritual technics (technologies and techniques) that have become recognized as psytrance, a global EDM (electronic dance music) movement downstream from Goatrance. It explores what I call the spiritechnics of this movement—technologies of the senses, digital-arts, chemical compounds and popular culture—all harnessed to the ends of transformation, the study of which assists definition of “trance” as it is self-identified within popular EDM scenes globally. Approaching the experience of transition and its prosthetics within psytrance benefits from ongoing research conducted on the global psytrance movement where I have identified differential transitional commitments enabling the departure from, merger with, and evolution of, consciousness. In the conditions of trance optimized by DJs, sound engineers, visual artists, and dance floor inhabitants themselves, the disintegration of normative modes of consciousness inaugurated by the trance dance experience makes possible the realization of one’s transpersonal indivisibility. Across a spectrum of consciousness-altering behaviour I have observed the interventions by technoshamans—often in the form of DJ/producers—who act as functionaries for various causes, including self-directed therapy, planetary consciousness, and not least of all, the cause of liminality itself. That is, of striking interest to me, and as discussed in this chapter, psytrance music productions are often devised not so much to orchestrate the transformation-of-being and status that is the common objective of rites of passage, but the superliminal state of being in transit—an experimental field of experience optimized by technicians and event-habitués with the aid of an assemblage of sensory technologies.
dc.publisherConnaissances et Savoirs
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleAnthropologies Du Corps En Transes
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSocial and Cultural Anthropology
dc.titleSpiritechnics: Liminalite et techno-chamanisme dans la psytrance
dc.title.alternativeAnthropology of the body in trance
dc.typeBook chapter
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gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
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gro.griffith.authorSt John, Graham

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