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Re: Strange Attractor Salon 7-31 January 2010, London, UK

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Mark Pilkington <[log in to unmask]>

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Society for The Academic Study of Magic <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:33:01 +0000

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Thanks for mentioning this David!

If anyone does plan on attending any of the Salon events in January  
then I'd encourage early booking as it's a small space and can only  
hold 40 people.
Having said that it doesn't look like the events are up on their web  
site yet!
http://www.viktorwyndfineart.co.uk

More information about Phil Baker's Austin Spare biography will follow  
early next year - best to keep an eye on the Strange Attractor web  
site - http://www.strangeattractor.co.uk

The book will be well-illustrated with both b/w images and colour  
plates and come in collectors' and regular editions.
As we'd expect from Phil it's elegantly written and places Spare, as  
both an artist and a magician, firmly within the context of his times.
Meanwhile, Phil's biography of Dennis Wheatley has just been published  
by Dedalus and is garnering excellent reviews.

Best to all
Mark / Strange Attractor

On 27 Nov 2009, at 09:30, David Green wrote:

[strange attractor news]

+ 2009 has been a quiet year for Strange Attractor, however we'll be
back with a vengeance in 2010, beginning in January with the first
Strange Attractor Salon.

+ A number of books are also planned for next year, including:

*Strange Attractor Journal Four*

* Liberty Realm: Hair Pieces by Catharyne Ward*

*Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist, by
Phil Baker*

More information on these and other titles will be forthcoming in the
new year.

+ Meanwhile....

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


The first Strange Attractor Salon, a selection of art and illustration
from contributors, friends, allies and inspirations, takes place at
Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc, 11 Mare St, London E8 4RP between 7-31
January, 2010. (http://www.viktorwyndfineart.co.uk)

Like Strange Attractor's books and events the Salon will incorporate a
wide range of media (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, sound
and video) from both trained and untrained artists. The assembled
exhibitors all share Strange Attractor's fascinations with inner
space, craft, science and the fantastic.

Confirmed contributing artists:

Joel Biroco* Richard Brown * Ossian Brown * John Coulthart * Rod
Dickinson *Disinformation * Angela Edwards * Tessa Farmer *Blue Firth
* Alison Gill * Doug Harvey * Julian House *Ali Hutchinson *Alyssa
Joye * Maud Larsson * Eleanor Morgan * Drew Mulholland * Katie Owens *
Edwin Pouncey * Arik Roper * David Tibet * Catharyne Ward * Eric
Wright * Gavin Semple

Strange Attractor declares war on mediocrity and a pox on the
footsoldiers of stupidity. Join us!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

A series of discussions, screenings and performances are also
scheduled as part of residency:

**14th January - Salon Discussion**

Mind, Art and Magic: Visions of Inhabited Worlds
with Phil Baker, Blue Firth, Gavin Semple, Robert Wallis

Phil Baker is the author of The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and
Times of Dennis Wheatley , William S Burroughs and the forthcoming
Austin Osman Spare: The Life and Legend of London's Lost Artist .

Artist Blue Firth has a long-standing interest in the nature of local
communities and how their histories are recorded through vernacular
crafts and practices. Through research of local history and customs,
she seeks out arcane and often neglected information with which she
aims to rediscover the forgotten character of a place. She is
currently studying at the Royal Academy.

Gavin Semple is a writer, artist and musician with a deep
understanding of magical practice. He is the author of Zos Kia: An
Introductory Essay on the Art and Sorcery of Austin Osman Spare
(Fulgur 1995) and other texts on Spare, and is a co-founder of magical
publishing house Fulgur.

Robert Wallis is Associate Professor of Visual Culture at Richmond
University in London and a Research Fellow in Archaeology of
Southampton University. He is the author of a number books on
shamanism, 'sacred sites' and heathen magic, including Shamans/neo-
Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans,
Galdrbok: Practical Heathen Runecraft, Shamanism and Magic (with
Nathan Johnson) and Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan
Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (with Jenny Blain).

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

**15th January: Luminous Pleasures**

Short films from contributing artists including:
Richard Brown, Disinformation, Tessa Farmer and Sean Daniels, Blue
Firth, Julian House, Eleanor Morgan, Drew Mulholland, Cathy Ward  &
Eric Wright.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

**21st January - Salon Discussion**

Man, Myth and Music: Occult Traditions in Popular Music from Mozart to
Mayhem
with Gary Lachman, Frances Morgan,  Edwin Pouncey

Gary Lachman is the author of several books of esoteric cultural
history including Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark
Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; The
Dedalus Book of the Occult: A Dark Muse and The Dedalus Occult Reader:
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams. As a musician Gary was a founder member
of Blondie and played guitar with Iggy Pop, a period described in his
book New York Rocker. Gary was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 2006.

Frances Morgan is the former editor and publisher of independent music
magazine Plan B and has written for publications including The New
Statemsan, Frieze, Loops and The Quietus. As a musician she performs
in underground experimental groups including Morgen und Nite,
Macroprosopus Dancehall Band and Time.

Edwin Pouncey is an artist, writer and musician. As Savage Pencil,
Edwin's unmistakable illustrations have been a mainstay of the
underground UK music scene for over three decades, adorning album
sleeves for bands including The Fall, Sonic Youth and Sunn O))) while
his writing has appeared in music magazines from Sounds to The Wire.
Edwin has lectured on the role of magick in black metal and also
performs in the improvising noise band Pestrepeller and duo, with
Sharon Gal, Meltaot.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

**22nd January: Astounding Stories**

Live performances from English Heretic and Welcome to Mars

English Heretic creates verdant, darkly humorous soundscapes for the
darkest recesses of the English imagination. The magical texts of
Kenneth Grant and the occult fictions of Sax Rohmer form an uneasy
alliance, accompanied by a musical backdrop that glides effortlessly
from Motown to 70s progressive horror rock.

Ken Hollings reads from his book Welcome to Mars: Fantasies of Science
in the American Century with a live, improvised soundtrack of 1950s
electronica for analogue synthesisers, reel-to-reel tapes and theremin
from Simon James and Bruce Woolley.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

**28th January - Salon Discussion**

Natural Allies: Art and Other Lifeforms
with Tessa Farmer, Alison Gill, Eleanor Morgan, Bridget Nicholls

Tessa Farmer's fantastical, often disturbing sculptures, films,
installations and drawings depict an inhabited world that exists just
out of sight of our own. Her work has been exhibited worldwide,
including at the Saatchi Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum and The Natural
History Museum.

Alison Gill studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. She
has shown widely in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and
internationally including: Brink, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Brussels;
Alison Gill, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; In the Society of London
Ladies, Dispari & Dispari Project, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Dream
Machines, [Hayward Gallery National Touring Exhibition curated by
Susan Hiller].

Eleanor Morgan has exhibited in Europe and North America. Using video,
sculpture, performance and drawing she explores the relationship
between nature and culture and attempts to create art that hovers
between the two. This has included sculpting with spider's silk,
encouraging ants to draw self-portraits and a close encounter with a
giant green sea anemone.

Bridget Nicholls is a writer, naturalist and broadcaster whose work
has featured on BBC radio, Discovery Channel and The Ecologist. She is
a founder and director of Pestival, an international arts festival
dedicated to 'Insects in the arts and the art of being an insect'.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

**29th January: Voltage Control**

Sounds from Man From Uranus, Disinformation vs USURP, Oscillatorial
Binnage

Three unique, very different explorations of electronic sound and music:

Electroacoustic neo-primitivists Oscillatorial Binnage tease and
torment home-made and circuit-bent electronic devices.

Disinformation vs USURP mutate and subvert natural and man-made
acoustic phenomena from microwave recordings of tube trains to ancient
Indian observatories.

Man From Uranus brings his warped, electronic jazz rock from Outer
Space to you.

**********

To book tickets for any of these events visit The Last Tuesday Society
web site: http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/

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