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RITHIKA MERCHANT- Mosaics of Myths

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RITHIKA MERCHANT

Rithika Merchant (1986) deals with creating mosaics of myths that question received histories that are available to us throughout culture. An inherent feminism exists in her decoration undermining the minimalism of modernity that views a woman just as a muse.

In 2008 she graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in New York. She has studied painting and conceptual practice at the Hellenic International Studies In The Arts in Paros, Greece. In 2008 she was a resident at the Convento Sao Francisco Mertola in Mertola, Portugal.

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William Mortensen – The Antichrist of American Photography in the House of the Devil

By Adam Parfrey

A few decades ago we spent a good deal of time at Anton LaVey’s “black house” in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

On the walls and on the shelves were a lot of items to look at and consider. One photograph, seen in the kitchen, was a framed and signed photograph of a hunching woman overlapped by a depraved cloaked ghost. The photo was called “Fear,” and it was the work of  William Mortensen (1897 – 1965).

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William Mortensen “Fear” c. 1930’s (also titled “Obsession”) Manipulted Photograph

Anton spoke of Mortensen’s influence in guiding him to understand the mechanics of “Lesser Magic,” or what affects people’s reaction to what they see and absorb.

Mortensen’s photographs like “Fear” are fascinating, but for years I resisted Mortensen’s reductive ideas regarding human behavior. It all seemed too reptilian to me. But there came the time when researcher Larry Lytle approached me about publishing a monograph on William Mortensen.… Read the rest

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MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM: Do The Spirits Return? From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand

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Morbid Anatomy Museum Opens Third Exhibition Featuring Rarely Seen Artifacts

Related to Early Stage Magic and the Occult

The Morbid Anatomy Museum launches a new exhibition: Do The Spirits Return?: From Dark Arts to Sleight of Hand in Early 20th Century Stage Magic

Brooklyn, NY — On April 11, the Morbid Anatomy Museum launched its third exhibition devoted to the surprising relationships between 19th and early 20th century stage magic and the religion of Spiritualism, the pleasures of horror, the empowerment of women and the role of the devil, as exemplified by the life and work of Howard Thurston (1869-1936). The exhibition features stunning and rarely exhibited original stage props, posters, photographs, artworks, letters, books, and even the fabled “Luxor Mummy,” all drawn from the collection of Brooklyn native Rory Feldman. The show was curated by Morbid Anatomy Museum creative director Joanna Ebenstein and programmer in residence Shannon Taggart.

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A Disinformation Compendium — Doktor Johannes Faust’s Magia naturalis

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Doktor Johannes Faust’s Magia naturalis et innaturalis : oder, Dreifacher Höllenzwang, letztes Testament and Siegelkunst, nach einer kostbar ausgestattenten Handschrift in der Herzogl. Bibliothek zu Koburg vollständig und wortgetreu hrsg. in fünf Abtheilungen..

Translation:

Doctor Johannes Faust’s Magia naturalis et innaturalis: or, Triple hell compulsion Last Testament and Seal Art, after a preciously ausgestatt ducks handwriting in the Ducal. Library Coburg ed fully and faithfully. .. in five divisions

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The Art and Magic of Austin Osman Spare

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Over at Cvlt Nation, Mick has curated and written a brief but informative history of Austin Osman Spare and his work.

via Cvlt Nation:

[In 1906] Spare published his first political cartoon, a satire on the use of Chinese wage slave laborers in British South Africa, which appeared in the pages of The Morning Leader newspaper. During this same time, he was working diligently on A Book of Satyrs, which included nine satirical illustrations ridiculing the Church and politics. In 1907, Spare created his most infamous piece, ‘Portrait of the Artist.’ This black and white self-portrait was later purchased by Jimmy Page.

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Mysterious Anti-electron Clouds Inside Thunderstorm

Daniel Mösch (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Daniel Mösch (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Via Fosters.com:

DURHAM — A terrifying few moments flying into the top of an active thunderstorm in a research aircraft has led to an unexpected discovery that could help explain the longstanding mystery of how lightning gets initiated inside a thunderstorm.

University of New Hampshire physicist Joseph Dwyer and lightning science colleagues from the University of California at Santa Cruz and Florida Tech describe the turbulent encounter and discovery in a paper to be published in the Journal of Plasma Physics.

In August 2009, Dwyer and colleagues were aboard a National Center for Atmospheric Research Gulfstream V when it inadvertently flew into the extremely violent thunderstorm—and, it turned out, through a large cloud of positrons, the antimatter opposite of electrons, that should not have been there.

To encounter a cloud of positrons without other associated physical phenomena such as energetic gamma-ray emissions was completely unexpected, thoroughly perplexing and contrary to currently understood physics.

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A Disinformation Compendium: The Prophecies on the Antichrist, End of the World, and the Apocalypse of the Abbot Joachim

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A Disinformation Compendium: The Prophecies on the Antichrist, End of the World, and the Apocalypse of the Abbot Joachim

Vaticinia, sive, Prophetiae Abbatis Ioachimi, [and] Anselmi Episcopi Marsicani; cum imaginibus aere incisis, correctione, et pulcritudine, plurium manuscriptorum exemplari ope, et variar imagin tabulis, et delineationibù, aliis antehac impressis longè praestantiora; quibus Rota, et Oraculum Turcicum maxime considerationis adiecta sunt; una cum praefatione et adnotationibus Paschalini Regiselmi

Translation:

The predictions of , or, the Abbot Joachim of prophecy , [and] the Bishop Anselm Marsicani ; with statues of the air muscles are cut, his amendment, and beauty, it by means of a copy of a number of manuscripts , and to vary the images of the instruments, and delineationibù , when printed, the other far more excellent than the past ; which the wheel , and Oracle Turkish especially considering there were added ; together with the preface, notes and introduction Paschalini Regiselmo

Published 1600

by Joachim, of Fiore, ca.… Read the rest

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FOREST AMULETUM: New Sculpture by Ghyslaine and Sylvain Staelens

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Installation view of FOREST AMULETUM: New Sculpture by Ghyslaine and Sylvain Staelens at Cavin Morris Gallery, NYC.

Ghyslaine and Sylvain Staelens first became an artistic team in 1996, when the two self-taught artists decided to move into the remote countryside of D’Auvergne. This volcanic region provided them with plenty of materials with which to create sculpture, bas-relief, masks, figurines, totems, and crucifixes. The wood, roots, and rusted metals that they found there soon became indispensable to their work. Starting from sophisticated assemblies of tree branches and roots, the couple manufactures creations that give rise to animal and human forms. The two artists have a deep fascination with Latin American and African tribal art, an influence which figures heavily in their work.

Often the figures are embedded with nails and wires and oxidized to give the appearance of rusted metal, which they use in reference to the various mental entities that stimulate us or torment us.… Read the rest

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