TEC ART 2023

THEME: DRUGS

TEC ART Festival 2023 celebrates its tenth anniversary edition around the theme: Drugs!

The topic of drugs is urgent not only because of the never-ending, inefficient war on drugs, but also because of the increasing intertwinement with technology in the form of recreational biotec designer drugs (such as 4-FMP, Benzo Fury and 2C-B) as well as the completely derailed international commercialization of Big Pharma’s modified ‘medicines’.

In addition, drug use has a close relationship with the arts – think of drug users Vincent Van Gogh, Dali, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ella Fitzgerald, Philip K. Dick, Janis Joplin, Madonna and many others – and drugs form an essential aspect of social life for the vast majority of subcultures, despite potential dangers.

It is no coincidence that drugs feature prominently in popular culture, from Aldous Huxley’s dystopian Soma to The Culture’s utopian drug glands by sci-fi writer Ian M. Banks. Keynote speakers and artists present their views during TEC ART Festival:

What relationship do our bodies have to drugs in the future, and how will society relate to them?