Thanks a lot for that. I'd only seen clips of Damon's 'busking' and it looked incongruous to say the least given the costumes and talk of lutes. Thanks again Melissa.
Dr Dave Green
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Society for the Academic Study of Magic (SASM):
From: Society for The Academic Study of Magic [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Melissa Harrington [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 04 July 2011 22:44
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Subject: Re: [ACADEMIC-STUDY-MAGIC] Doctor Dee
The Dee Opera was indeed an opera, with much serious funding, to be used in
the olympics, incorporating the English National Orchestra; and the quality
of the cast, theatrics, sets and directing was so good I really enjoyed all
of it but Damon Albarn's incongruous busker style commentaries. Stunning
effects, well worth watching and a good afternoon out, but be aware that the
magic you see will be on a par with that of a wicked witch or fairy
Godmother in the local Christmas panto, this is a materialist reading which
conflates necromancy and enochian scrying, focusses on politics and the
mundane aspects of the Dee/Kelley journey, and is in essence a faustian
morality tale. I will write a proper review this week.
I love this question, but the answer is perhaps something huge we are all
working on together on this list!
"Some say art is a mirror, others a hammer. I can't help but see it more as
a reflexive (sometimes unconscious) spasm responding to the sociopolitical
conditions an artist lives within. If we agree that art is a means of
materialising and holding suspended the immaterial invisible aspects of
being, What does all this spasming around the occult Say about the
conditions of our time?