Online Event · Artificial Human Companions, Doll Kink, Goth & Fetish Clubs with Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Ad Vat

Online Event · Artificial Human Companions, Doll Kink, Goth & Fetish Clubs with Dr. Vanessa Sinclair and Ad Vat

Sunday, June 16, 2024
1 pm ET

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Spiral of Objects presented by Ad Vat

Welcome to a miasmic world of passion and play, in which humans and dolls interact to the ecstatic point of blurring the boundaries between waking reality and dark dreams; between philosophy and madness; between gender and identity; between lust and violence… Who is human and who is not in this erotic rollercoaster of intense and hallucinogenic twists and turns? When all is said and done, aren’t we all someone else’s plaything…?

Spiral of Objects is American author Ad Vat’s debut novel.

“This cruelty to those with small lights in their eyes has fed us from the top down. From a corrupt god, it drains into the culture. From the imperfect being who birthed us. Small himself, no doubt, with the illusion that he is an ambivalent giant. I see it in the superstores utilizing child labor, I see it in our sexual fixations, all of us. It’s a collective sickness, all of us. No, this view I had of the world didn’t give me nihilism, but it did give me the privilege to view myself as separate.” – Ad Vat

“This novel is sure to become the Queer and Naked Lunch of a generation.” – Dr. Vanessa Sinclair 

Ad Vat is a twenty-something-year-old social fruit fly that often likes to help build local book clubs, doll-make with consenting parties, photograph his partner-doll Nuvo, and continuously write and read. He always loves his friends and festivities, yet he enjoys finding himself in those chthonic places while he’s alone. He’s worked many odd jobs for odd people, and when he’s finished with another quaint day of work he likes to listen to the trains go by on his deck looking over Portland.

Things Happen presented by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair

Coming of age in 1990s Florida… Sex & drugs & dark music… Goth & Fetish Clubs… Abandoned Cocaine Gangster Hotels… Love & Violence… Friendships that last for life & beyond… A psychedelic underground in pastel-colored Miami… Ivy and her girlfriends roll with the crazy Florida waves and vibes and weirdos as they learn the ropes of reality (so-called)… And things happen. They really do.

Thing Happen is American artist & psychoanalyst Vanessa Sinclair’s debut novel: a prism of stories, fragments, and memories chronicling a young woman’s experiences of growing up in the anarchic high weirdness of Florida. It’s a time and space of awakenings in which sunshine, rainstorms and full-on hurricanes create the ambience of wide-eyed realizations that everything might not always be exactly as it seems.

“Vanessa Sinclair is a female William Burroughs for the age of desperation.” – Val Denham 

Vanessa Sinclair is an American artist and psychoanalyst residing in Sweden. She is in private practice and sees patients internationally, while also writing extensively about psychoanalysis (and editing books on the subject). She is also a renowned cut-up poet and collage artist, which also extends to being involved in several musical projects.

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