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Welcome to Re-writing the Future: 100 Years of Esoteric Modernism & Psychoanalysis

Registration is now OPEN!

Events will take place over 3 days: Thursday – Saturday, May 30 – June 1, 2019. The first two days proceedings will be held at Schloß Pienzenau & the third and final day will be at  Brunnenburg Castle once the home of Ezra Pound, whose grandson Siegfried de Rachewiltz will be joining us.

The castles are located in the beautiful mountains of Merano, Italy. Due to the location and venue for this conference, there are a very LIMITED number of tickets (weekend passes only). Get your ticket by paypaling 150 euro to sinclairvanessa@gmail.com

Presentations include:

Ezra Pound & the Avant-garde
The Life and Poetry of H.D.
Greek Mythology and Ritual
Futurism and Social Consciousness
Psychoanalysis as Modernist Sonic Occultism
The Fin de Siècle Zeitgeist
Austin Osman Spare & Automatic Drawing
The Divinatory Paintings of Ithell Colquhoun
Poetry as Magic
Ezra Pound’s Occultism
From Cosmism to Cosmic Consciousness
True to the Earth and a Pagan Conception of the Self
The Weaving and Forging of a Magical Tradition in Folk and Fairy Tales
Geomancy and the Earthly Zeitgeist
The Roots of Modern Satanism
Re-Membering the Weird
Secret Committees, Collective Beings and the Revolutionary Egregore
Reading Emptiness as the Royal Road to the Self
Runes, Chant, and Trauma
Spiritual Evolution: For the Masses or for the Few?
The Crusade Against Magical Thinking
Spirituality as a Response to Fighting Social Inequality
How Our Denied Selves & Unresolved Ancestors Hold Keys to Our Collective Liberation
& more!

Join us for this incredible experience! 

Re-writing the Future:
100 years of Esoteric Modernism & Psychoanalysis

A Multi-disciplinary Conference
30 May – 1 June, 2019
Brunnenburg Castle & Schloß Pienzenau, Merano, Italy

In recent times, it has come to light that many revered artists, writers, poets, philosophers and performers have held esoteric world views or underpinnings. Several recent art exhibitions worldwide have highlighted this: Black Light in Barcelona, retrospectives of Leonor Fini and Leonora Carrington in New York and Mexico City, respectively, Mystical Symbolism and the visionary works of Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim, all in just the past year.

The field of psychoanalysis itself first began as an esoteric discipline – exploring previously uncharted territory with relatively few individuals meeting weekly at the home of Sigmund Freud. Some of Freud’s occult explorations were quite overt, as he conducted thought experiments with his daughter Anna Freud and close colleague Sandor Ferenczi late into his life. Though Freud intentionally steered the public persona of psychoanalysis away from any occult leanings, his personal work with the esoteric went on well into his twilight years. Carl Jung also explored his own psyche in secret for decades as he created his masterpiece The Red Book, which was only discovered after his death and released publicly in recent years.

The Zeitgeist of the time is reflected in a myriad of ways: the innovative writing of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway; poetry of H.D.; automatic drawings of Austin Osman Spare; spirit drawings of Georgiana Houghton; accidental poems of Tristan Tzara; noise concerts of Luigi Russolo; collages of Hannah Höch; montages of Man Ray; the expressionism of Wassily Kandinsky; and early experimentation with film and photography. W.B. Yeats taught a young Ezra Pound theosophy. Piet Mondrian studied theosophy as well. The surrealists touted the theories of psychoanalysis, exploring dreamwork, automatic writing, synchronicity and chance.

It is notable that so many cultural heavyweights, who are held in such high regard, deemed it necessary to keep their esoteric views and occult explorations hidden from the world. Clearly they felt these ideas would not be acceptable at that time. And they were probably right, as many of those figures who were more open about their views, were often shunned, denied or had aspects of their work ignored outright. It begs the question: why does society accept some aspects of the mind, but not others?

At our current moment of cultural crisis, it makes sense to look back over the past 100 years; to reflect on the cultural Zeitgeist before the First World War – the very same time period and cultural and intellectual epicentres that birthed the field of psychoanalysis, the Dada movement and Der Blaue Reiter. Much like our times, upheaval and change were in the air. The arts and sciences were booming, as was philosophy, media and technology. Interest in theosophy, Eastern philosophies, occult and esoteric belief systems was on the rise. Society’s accepted values and consensus worldview were put into question; the status-quo challenged, refined and reformulated for a modern era.

 

Carl Abrahamsson and I currently have an exhibition of our cut-up collaborations at Galleri Granen, Sundsvall, Sweden, including framed collages, film stills, photography, film, music, poetry and more. Exhibition 12 January – 3 February, 2019.

 

Select Past Events

2018

Live performance with Carl Abrahamsson at Fylkingen, Stockholm.

Lecture series with Carl Abrahamsson across Scandinavia on the Cut-up Method of Brion Gysin & William Burroughs in to celebrate the release of Brion Gysin: His Name Was Master.

Conjuring Creativity: Art and the Esoteric  at Fylkingen, Stockholm.

The Magic of the Cut-up Method & Third Mind, hosted by Nura Learning.

 

2017

Launch event for The Fenris Wolf 9, Cut to Fit the Mouth and Message 23 + sleep concert with Michael McDermott aka Mikronesia, New York City.

The Cut in Creation at Maryland Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA), Baltimore. Hosted by Mikita Brottman.

Switching Mirrors book release event in Miami at the Bookstore in the Grove. Live reading with Carl Abrahamsson.

Switching Mirrors book release event in Stockholm. Live performance with Den Arkaiska Rösten at Rönnells Antikvariat.

Switching Mirrors book release event in Gothenburg. Live performance with Joachim Nordwall & Carl Abrahamsson at Aniara Books.

 

2016

Book launch for Switching Mirrors, including live performance with Liza Beth Paap at The Delancey, New York City.

Annual Dream Over at the Rubin Museum, New York City.

Lecture on the Third Mind and Pandrogeny at the Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over conference, Northampton, UK.

Cabaret Cinema – Commentary on Belle de Jour & the work of artists Breyer P-Orridge, as part of the exhibition Try to Altar Every Thing at the Rubin Museum, New York City.

Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult conference, held at Candid Arts Trust, London. The papers from this conference are collected together into a special edition of The Fenris Wolf available via Trapart Books.

Cutting up the Image of the Father/ Reconstructing the Third, as part of the “Father Figures are Hard to Find” exhibition at NGBK, Berlin.

The Cut in Creation with Katelan Foisy at Madame Zuzu’s, Chicago.

 Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult lecture series at Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn.

 

2015

On Violence and Psychoanalysis at Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus, New York City.

 

 

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