It didn't take the collective intelligence of Twitter long to realize that the chaos of our decade is embodied by two drugs meant for horses: ketamine and ivermectin. The former, a horse tranquilizer, has been a party drug for generations, but is newly and heavily marketed as a treatment for depression, addiction, and general soullessness. The latter, a livestock dewormer, ascended the manure pile of right-wing conspiracy theories as a dubious (and thoroughly de-bunked) prophylactic for Covid-19.
How Ketamine and Ivermectin, Two Drugs Intended for Horses, Not Humans, Reflect the Art World's Anxieties
In times of social absurdism and political tumult, superstition and apathy arise in equal measure. Today, that response is embodied by two drugs for horses—ketamine and ivermectin. Here, one writer reflects on the equine-inflected, anxiety-ridden ethos sweeping the art world.