Online Event · Modern Occultism & A Limitless Search by Mitch Horowitz, Occult Influences In Pound’s Pisan Cantos by Katrina Makkouk

Online Event · Modern Occultism & A Limitless Search by Mitch Horowitz, Occult Influences In Pound’s Pisan Cantos by Katrina Makkouk

This event is part of the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson

Sunday, March 10
1pm NYC

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Modern Occultism and the Need for a Limitless Search, a talk with Mitch Horowitz

Even those of us who identify with outsider spirituality and culture harbor, invent, or import parameters of thought that limit and potentially calcify our search. Mitch considers the overwhelming pervasiveness of religious and metaphysical models of thought, culture, and reality—and how these things may restrict or predetermine your spiritual, ethical, and personal questions. In the West, for example, thought framings from the Abrahamic religions (Judaism-Christianity-Islam) are so overwhelmingly familiar that, by dint of repetition, they appear perimeters of physical and extra-physical reality. Other cultures experience similar phenomena.

What does it mean to investigate how models of actuality—including those possessing great antiquity—inform and confine our metaphysics? Are we able to search without preset spiritual concepts? How do inherited categories proscribe our personal identities as seekers? Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award-winning historian who books include Occult America, The Miracle Club, Daydream Believer, Uncertain Places, and, most recently, Modern Occultism. His books have been translated into Arabic, French, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. His work is censored in China.

Invoking the Spirits: The Occult Influences in Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos, presented by Katrina Makkouk

Katrina Makkouk’s study of modernist poet Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos is a great introduction to the work of the poet in general, and to his masterpiece The Cantos specifically. Written in incarceration right after WW2, Pound’s Pisan Cantos show his desire to penetrate deeper into the mysteries of history, memory, and mythology.

Drawing from the occult inspiration from his early mentor, W.B. Yeats, Pound went into an inner exile to retrieve whatever he needed to banish the restraining outer circumstances, and to finish his epic poem. The how and why of magic can so often be mysterious and enigmatic. For some, it does not provide entrance into an unseen world such as those sought out by Yeats. Rather, it enables the user to link themselves to the past, present, and future, and to fully connect oneself to what is beyond the ordinary reality in which we find ourselves. These threads of memory and magic that are woven throughout The Pisans makes this set of cantos the most unique amongst the other stars of Pound’s epic writing.

Katrina Makkouk is an author and researcher who lives in California. She earned her Master’s degree in English from Clemson University. Her primary research interests include modernism and the intersection of occult philosophy and methodology in literature.

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson curate the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them on Patreon!

Online Event · The Devil’s Footprint Book Talk and Q & A with Author Carl Abrahamsson, Hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair

Online Event · The Devil’s Footprint Book Talk and Q & A with Author Carl Abrahamsson, Hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair

Sunday, February 18, 2024
1 pm ET (6PM UK / 19 CET)

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God proposes the challenge of the millennium: if Satan sorts out the ever growing human mess on Earth, God will lovingly take him back to Heaven as his favorite Archangel. Satan accepts, and sets out on a massive operation to balance out over-population, pollution, corruption, and other severely Satanic headaches – many of which he originally helped create… Easier said than done!

Satan’s love of the ambitiously mischievous humans is challenged as his own “Team Apocalypse” fervently sets to work. But as the world begins to change quickly and dramatically for the better, a new question arises: can God and his suspicious Archangels really be trusted in this cataclysmic, cosmic undertaking?

Join author Carl Abrahamsson as he takes the audience on a cosmic journey in his swashbuckling apocalyptic novel. Beginning with a tale as old as time, Abrahamsson brings God, Lucifer, Galatea, and the Archangels to life as they run into characters such as Ambrose Bierce, Niccolo Machiavelli, and some carefree Russian oligarchs. ”It’s not easy being Evil in a world that’s gone to Hell!”

Carl Abrahamsson (b 1966) is a Swedish author, focusing on fiction and material about occulture and magico-anthropology. www.carlabrahamsson.com

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson curate the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them on Patreon

This Is the Strangest Life I’ve Ever Known – A Psychological Portrait of Jim Morrison

Join us! Online Talk · This Is the Strangest Life I’ve Ever Known – A Psychological Portrait of Jim Morrison, Presented by Dr. Ana Leorne with Discussion, Hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson at Morbid Anatomy

Sunday, January 21
1PM EST

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson welcome Dr. Ana Leorne for a discussion of her new book This Is the Strangest Life I’ve Ever Known – A Psychological Portrait of Jim Morrison (Trapart Books, 2023).

Join Portuguese writer Ana Leorne as she takes us on a trip into the mind of troubled rock star-poet-genius Jim Morrison. Diving into the era, the man, his art, the surrounding people, and not least the myth of The Doors’ enigmatic frontman, Leorne paints an illuminating picture of seemingly inevitable self-destruction – but also one of undeniable brilliance.

Ana Leorne (Porto, 1984) is a writer, artist, and researcher. She has started her career as a musician (Rope, The Clits, Annette Blade, Portuguese cast of RENT) while completing a BA in Fine Arts at University of Porto and producing work in the fields of photography, video, installation, and performance. She also holds a MA in Film Studies from NOVA University of Lisbon with a dissertation on psychoanalysis and Stanley Kubrick, and a PhD in Visual Cultures from EHESS with a dissertation on issues of identity, public image, and visual representation in the Beatles’ films and videos. Formerly associate editor at The 405 and digital media executive at MTV Portugal, her writing has appeared on Bandcamp, Elegy Iberica, Recording Academy/The Grammys, SFGate, Público, Beats Per Minute, SPIN, The Guardian, and many others. She’s also the author of “Dear Dr Freud” for David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015). She currently lives in Paris.

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson curate the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/vanessa23carl

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Photo by Carl

BLOOD SEX MAGIC: Everyday Magic for the Modern Mystic with Bri Luna of The Hoodwitch, Hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson

BLOOD SEX MAGIC: Everyday Magic for the Modern Mystic with Bri Luna of The Hoodwitch, Hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson

$8.00

Sunday, November 5
2 pm ET
*Time change in some non-US territories occurs this week

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BLOOD SEX MAGIC: EVERYDAY MAGIC FOR THE MODERN DAY MYSTIC is an invitation and an awakening—a guide toward a life of connection to self and spirit, to the seen and unseen realms, and to magical traditions past and future. Born with both Mexican/Indigenous and African roots, Bri Luna honors the traditions of tarot, nature, and root working, and celebrates magic that is “from dirt and blood, jewels and bones, moon and sun.”

 An intimate, illustrated collection of spells and stories to infuse our lives with ritual, history, and magic from the visionary artist and infamous witch Bri Luna, founder and creative director of “The Hoodwitch.”

Full of stunning photography and color illustrations, and brimming with incantations, spells, stories, vignettes, and warnings, BLOOD SEX MAGIC is divided into three powerful sections:

·     BLOOD uncovers Bri’s roots, with passages for setting boundaries, protection, and honoring the dead

·     SEX reveals the art of love magic, a celebration of the goddess, lust, and femininity, with spells for seduction and revenge

·     MAGIC offers meaningful daily rituals, including those for self-love, peace, beauty, and prosperity

 An instant classic and timeless resource for both new and experienced witches alike, this beautiful collection shows us how to access the untapped magic within and encourages us to see and channel that same magic in the world around us.

“The witch, bruja, healer, mother, sister, daughter, lover, artist, creative, bitch, wild woman, visionary, goddess. Transcendent of time and space.

Reclaiming power and ancestral bloodlines of magic from the heavens and the earth. I come from dirt and blood, jewels and bones, moon and sun.

I am my grandmother’s secrets, hopes, and dreams. I adorn myself in light and shadows. But do not mistake my flesh nor my worldly appearance for vanity, for everything I do is deliberate. I walk in gratitude for the ones who’ve come before me. My vessel is ancient. This skin remembers being birthed through the cosmos and rising out of the depths of the sea. Do not mistake her softness, vulnerability, sensitivity, compassion, love, resilience, or silence for weakness.

I am birthed of fire and lava of death and decay.

A huntress, a warrior, not a worrier.

I am my sister’s keeper.”

—B. Luna

Bri Luna is the founder of The Hoodwitch and is dedicated to empowering, educating, and cultivating community through meaningful rituals supporting self-care and wellness. Luna is devoted to offering “Everyday Magic for the modern mystic” through her art and advocates for the use of traditional healing practices to address modern-day challenges. She and her work have been featured internationally and in major publications including Vogue, I.D, Playboy, and The New York Times. More at https://www.thehoodwitch.com/about

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson curate the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them on Patreon! www.Patreon.com/vanessa23carl

The Decaying Female Body in Horror Cinema with Mary Wild

The Decaying Female Body in Horror Cinema with Mary Wild

Sunday, August 20
2 pm ET

Relying on Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection, this talk investigates representations of decaying female bodies in cinema. Kristeva defines horror as a breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of boundaries between self and other. The abject disturbs identity, borders and rules – horror films portraying unclean and taboo elements of womanhood reveal the entwined dual system of Eros (beauty, fertility, youth) and Thanatos (disease, destruction, death).

Films discussed: Braindead (1992) dir. Peter Jackson; Contracted (2013) dir. Eric England; Eat (2014) dir. Jimmy Weber

Mary Wild is the creator of the PROJECTIONS lecture series at Freud Museum London. She co-hosts the Projections Podcast, contributes to The Evolution of Horror Podcast, and creates exclusive content on Patreon. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @psycstar.

The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them at Patreon! www.Patreon.com/vanessa23carl

The Future of Occulture, Magic, and Underground Networking: A Conversation With Tom Banger and Carl Abrahamsson

The Future of Occulture, Magic, and Underground Networking: A Conversation With Tom Banger and Carl Abrahamsson

Sunday, July 16
2 pm ET

Tom Banger and Carl Abrahamsson were both active in the magical order/ think tank / occultural network Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) in the mid 1980s to early 1990s. 

In this conversation they talk not only about what happened and what kind of an impact TOPY has had, but also try to entangle what the ideas and concepts could bring for the future of occulture, magic and underground networking.

Tom Banger In 1986, punk promoter Tom Headbanger confounded the Denver scene by founding the Temple ov Psychick Youth North America. Over the next four odd years, he wrote numerous texts on contemporary magick and shamanism under the name Coyote *2 and helped facilitate the coming together of an unprecedented collaborative network of artists, magicians, shamans, and charlatans. During this time, TOPYUS published more than a thousand pages of original occult research, including Television Magick and the first two editions of EsoTerrorist by Genesis P-Orridge. Banger stopped coordinating TOPYUS in 1990 in order to focus on his interest in engineering and technology. He is now a full-time cybersecurity expert and father, and has decided it is time to come out of the shadows and share some stories and perspective.

Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish author, publisher and filmmaker. His books include Source Magic(2023), Codex Nordica (2022), Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (2022), Different People (2021), The Devil’s Footprint (2020), Occulture (2018), Mother, Have a Safe Trip (2016) and The Fenris Wolf series. His films include Reseduction (2022), My Silent Lips (2019), Lunacy (2017), Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (2016) and the An Art Apart series. His publishing company is Trapart Books, Films and Editions.

The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them at Patreon! www.Patreon.com/vanessa23carl

Angels, Demons, and Ketamine: Occultist Chaweon Koo in Conversation with Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson

Online Talk · Angels, Demons, and Ketamine: Occultist Chaweon Koo in Conversation with Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson

Sunday, June 11
2 pm ET

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Mysticism often involves sacred plants and mind-altering substances to aid in ritual journeying. The futurist version may also involve brain hacking via ketamine, mixed with the chaos magick and animism inherent in intense psychology modalities like EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

Occultist and writer Chaweon Koo joins Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamson to discuss where bio-hacking, 8 esoteric body circuits, a scientist who talks to dolphins, and modern modes of inner journeying and magick intertwine.

Chaweon Koo is a writer at the intersection of pop culture, the occult, and futurism. Her TikTok @chaweonkoo is one of the most popular occult accounts on the platform. She also interviews some of the most distinguished occultists and witches in the English-speaking world on her YouTube, Witches & Wine. Her book Spell Bound details her journey from an atheist witch into one of the most visible East Asian practitioners of both Eastern and Western occult traditions.

The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them at Patreon! www.Patreon.com/vanessa23carl

Image: Dorothea Tanning, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1946

Harnessing the Magic and Creative Power of the Cut-up Method a la William Burroughs, David Bowie, Genesis P-Orridge, Led by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson

Harnessing the Magic and Creative Power of the Cut-up Method a la William Burroughs, David Bowie, Genesis P-Orridge, Led by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, beginning September 10

Date: September 10, 17, 24, October 1.
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm EDT

PLEASE NOTE: All classes will also be recorded and archived for students who cannot make that time.

The cut-up method was originally discovered by Dada instigator Tristan Tzara. In his 1920 manifesto To Make a Dadaist Poem he teaches us how to create what he called “accidental poems” by cutting words from a newspaper, putting them all into a hat, shaking the contents, and pulling them one by one to create poetry by chance.

At the Beat Hotel in Paris in 1958, creative partners William Burroughs and Brion Gysin rediscovered the cut-up method and elaborated upon it, moving from wordplay to audio recording, film, painting, collage, and further iterations. Gysin and Burroughs had been immersed in the magic of Morocco when they spent time with Paul and Jane Bowles in Tangier, and began to see the magical aspects inherent in their cut-up methodology.

David Bowie collided with William Burroughs and integrated the cut-up method into his way of writing song lyrics. A master of cutting up identity, Bowie played with the performative aspects of persona, gender, and sexuality.

Collectives such as Crass and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) experimented with cutting up behavior and expectations through their “life as performance art” philosophies, challenging norms put upon them by parents, family, and society. TOPY intentionally wove magical elements into their creative practices, pulling heavily from the methods of Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare, while idolizing Burroughs and Gysin as creative, magical masters.

TOPY ringleader Genesis P-Orridge harnessed the Third Mind work of Burroughs and Gysin and took their ideas even further, in a project coined Pandrogeny, through which Genesis and he/r other half Lady Jaye Breyer underwent a series of surgical, chemical, behavioral, spiritual, and psychological procedures to break down their individual identities and come together more fully as one. In this life as performance art endeavor, the pair challenged ideas of difference between self/other, man/woman, and even life/death.

In this class, Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson will review the history and evolution of the cut-up method over the past century. They will demonstrate how to apply cut-up techniques to a variety of artistic mediums, and participants will be encouraged to create, bring in, and share their own works of art (if desired, not required). A wonderful thing about the cut-up method is that it can be applied to whichever medium you enjoy. Words, images, sounds, video, fashion, and performance art may all be cut-up and rearranged to create something new and unexpected.

Anyone can harness the magical and creative potential of the cut-up method. Even if you don’t have any experience with the creative arts or magical practice, the facilitators of this course will walk you through the basics, and show you fundamental ways you can begin a creative and magical practice through work with the cut-up method. There will be plenty of time in class to share and to ask questions.

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair is a psychoanalyst, artist, and occultist based in Sweden, who works with people internationally. She is the host of Rendering Unconscious podcast. Her books include Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Films of Ingmar Bergman: From Freud to Lacan and Beyond(2023), The Pathways of the Heart (2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation (2021), Switching Mirrors(2016), and Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy(2021) with Elisabeth Punzi.

Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish author, publisher, and filmmaker. His books include Source Magic(2023), Codex Nordica (2022), Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (2022), Different People (2021), The Devil’s Footprint (2020), Occulture (2018), Mother, Have a Safe Trip(2016), and The Fenris Wolfseries. His films include Reseduction(2022), My Silent Lips (2019), Lunacy(2017), Sub Umbra Alarum Luna(2016), and the An Art Apart series. His publishing company is Trapart Books, Films and Editions.

Together they host the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them at Patreon!

Images: Cut up artworks by instructor Dr Vanessa Sinclair

Online Talk · The Uncanny in Cinema: Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf (1968) with Carl Abrahamsson

The Uncanny in Cinema: Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf (1968), An Illustrated Online Lecture with Carl Abrahamsson

$8.00

Date: Sunday, May 14
Time: 2 pm EDT

Swedish author and filmmaker Carl Abrahamsson presents his reflections on Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Hour of the Wolf (1968), situating the film with regard to events in Bergman’s personal life, as well as in the culture and politics of the time more generally. 

Abrahamsson also discusses the relationship of Hour of the Wolf (1968) to other films created during Bergman’s “decade of deep introspection,” most notably Persona (1966) and Shame (1968). Abrahamsson contemplates recurring uncanny themes in Bergman’s work, having to do with the dynamism and reciprocity of interpersonal relations, identity and consciousness, and how this can veer into neurosis or psychosis. 

This is reflected in the haunting repetition of statements made by Alma (played by Liv Ullmann), “Isn’t it true that couples who spend so much time together begin to resemble one another … they think alike and even look alike. Why is that?”

This presentation is a chapter in Dr. Sinclair’s new edited collection Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Films of Ingmar Bergman: From Freud to Lacan and Beyond (Routledge, 2023)

Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish author, publisher and filmmaker. His books include Source Magic(2023), Codex Nordica (2022), Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (2022), Different People (2021), The Devil’s Footprint (2020), Occulture (2018), Mother, Have a Safe Trip (2016) and The Fenris Wolf series. His films include Reseduction (2022), My Silent Lips (2019), Lunacy (2017), Sub Umbra Alarum Luna(2016) and the An Art Apart series. His publishing company is Trapart Books, Films and Editions.

The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them at Patreon! www.Patreon.com/vanessa23carl

Online Talk · Westworld: Anton LaVey’s Total Environments, Gamification and Ghosts in the Machines with Anders Lundgren and Caligula as a Dionysian Affirmation of Life with River

Westworld: Anton LaVey’s Total Environments, Gamification and Ghosts in the Machines with Anders Lundgren and Caligula as a Dionysian Affirmation of Life with River, An Online Presenation

$8.00

Date: Sunday, April 16
Time: 2 pm EDT

Ticketholders: A Zoom invite is sent out at 12:30 pm EDT on the day of the event to the email used at checkout. Please check your spam folder and if not received, email info.morbidanatomy@gmail.com.A temporary streaming link will be emailed after the event concludes.

Westworld: Anton LaVey’s Total Environments, Gamification & Ghosts in the Machines
By Anders Lundgren

Westworld was originally the brainchild of blockbuster maven Michael Crichton who both wrote and directed the 1973 motion picture. The idea of immersive theme parks where rich people could let off steam by living out fantasies of a violent and/or sexual nature without fear of judgment and consequences proved to be a commercial success. 

The inevitable sequel Futureworld (1976) and the short lived tv-series (only three out of a total of five episodes were aired originally before cancellation) Beyond Westworld introduced the concept of android doppelgangers and further expanded the ideas presented in the first film. One person who took notice of these was Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey who referred to Westworld when presenting his ideas for total environments. After lying dormant for most of the 1980s Crichton revived parts of the concept for his novel Jurassic Park in 1990, later turned into yet another record breaking film franchise by Steven Spielberg and others. Westworld returned briefly in the form of video game Westworld 2000 (1996). Despite using then hot CD-ROM technology, sub par graphics and gameplay kept this title from setting the gaming world on fire. This blip was followed by twenty years of silence before a new tv-series premiered on HBO. Easily the most ambitious iteration to date, this version of Westworld leans heavily into previously merely touched upon moral and philosophical implications of the original idea. What would happen if humans were able to create extremely life-like machines that in most cases do not even know that their lives are scripted sequences catering to the enjoyment of others?

Caligula (1979) as a Dionysian Affirmation of Life
By River

The movie Caligula from 1979 is arguably one of the most infamous movies of all time, much like its titular emperor. Mixing lavish sets, Shakespearean guild actors, shocking violence and pornography. The involvement of Bob Guccione and Penthouse caused such conflicts within its creative team that neither the writer, Gore Vidal, nor the director, Tinto Brass, wanted anything to do with the final product. Yet it endures as a cult movie of legendary status. As Helen Mirren said, it is ”an irresistible mix of art and genitals.”

This talk explores the movie and its compelling history through the lens of Dionysian paradox and life affirmation. From a deeply personal perspective it examines trauma, healing and the surprising places the ancient Gods may show up in our modern lives.

Anders Lundgren is a Swedish writer and connoisseur of the uncanny with a background in literature, esthetics and film studies. He has organized numerous film screenings and festivals, domestic and international, as part of Klubb Super 8. He also served as the co-founder and co-curator of the film programme for Serieket (The Comic Book Library) in Stockholm. Working at the latter establishment he has been on the production team for The Stockholm International Comics Festival since 2002. In 2010, he started the podcast Hög av Serier (High on Comics) with co-hosts Anton Bjurvald and Freddie Kaplan. In 2012, he established The Stockholm H. P. Lovecraft Festival. He has been widely published with his main output being the film criticism found in Hemmabio (Home Theater Magazine) and writings on comics in Bild & bubbla (Image & Thought Bubble). He has also contributed to anthologies like The Fenris WolfMignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola and Judge, Jury and Executioner: Essays on the Punisher in Print and on Screen. He is a Priest in the Church of Satan.

River is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm. Her work is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on the visual arts. Always drawn to the intersection of art and magic she treats her creative process as a ritualized exploration of her unconscious. In genre terms, she works primarily with the weird and with horror. With an emphasis on craftsmanship, Rivers’ work explores the tension between a brushstroke and what it may represent. The tension between what is real and unreal, where we draw that line, and if there even is a line to draw.

The Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult series of events, curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, is dedicated to exploring the intersections and integration of psychoanalytic theory, the creative arts, occult practices, and folk magic traditions. By inviting psychoanalysts, philosophers, artists, writers, and occult practitioners from a variety of theoretical orientations and worldviews to discuss their work, personal experiences, and areas of research interest with one another, dialogue is opened up between practitioners in fields of study that traditionally rarely engage with one another though often operate in similar and complementary ways. Join them at Patreon! www.Patreon.com/vanessa23carl