SARA HANNANT and SIMON COSTIN discuss mysterious artefacts from Cornwall's legendary Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
CHRISTOPHER JOSIFFE relates the bizarre tale of Gef, the extra-special talking mongoose who haunted a remote Isle of Man farmhouse in the 1930s
ELEANOR MORGAN explores the strange web of spider-human relationships
WILL BURNS & MARTHA SPRACKLAND poets in residence
DJ MARK PILKINGTON
MC JOHN ANDREWS
Mon 20 Mar
Over the years, post-medieval houses have yielded some intriguing and mysterious finds. Old shoes up chimneybreasts; garments secreted away in roofs; mummified cats bricked up in walls; horse skulls buried under hearthstones. The nature of the locations confounds the theory that these were accidental deposits; it is much more likely that these objects were deliberately concealed. But why? And what were the concealers hoping to achieve? Owen Davies and Ceri Houlbrook have been considering these questions in their project the Concealed Revealed. By mapping the finds, critiquing the literature, and interviewing modern-day finders, they hope to shed more light on this enigmatic custom. This event is part of a series on mood, science fiction and the supernatural organised by Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions.
Tue 21 Mar
THE INAGURAL EVENING OF
NOVA NIGHTS: PROGRESSIVE TRANSGRESSIVE & UNDERGROUND
Conceived and hosted by BILLY CHAINSAW
PROGRAMME STARTS: 7.30PM
CHANGE ITSELF AN ART APART: GENESIS P-ORRIDGE DIRECTOR: CARL ABRAHAMSSON 58 mins, Sweden, 2016.
To sum up the life and work of British artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is close to impossible. Not only because of the wide range of artistic disciplines, but also because of the timespan, since the mid 1960s to the present day, that has been saturated by musical projects like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, hundreds of records, thousands of concerts, exhibitions, interviews, videos, spoken word performances, collages, sculptures, philosophy, cultural engineering, occultism and radical transgender concepts. A couple of descriptions are still valid after these 50 years of active creativity and provocation. P-Orridge is a romantic existentialist and a cultural engineer. Everything is both work as such and seed for cultural and behavioral change.
- AD HITCHIN 'live' His thoughts on the importance and continued relevance of Genesis P-Orridge.
SUB UMBRA LUNA DIRECTOR: CARL ABRAHAMSSON 60 mins, Sweden, 2016.
A tribute to Derek Jarman's super 8 epic IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN (1975, with music by Throbbing Gristle, 1980). Principally shot on super 8 and 16 mm film, SUB UMBRA ALARUM LUNA pays deserved respect to a highly influential film (and its maker).
Carl Abrahamsson in his owns words: I'm a Swedish freelance writer specialising in material about the arts & entertainment, esoteric history, occulture and portraits for the international market. I also lecture on all of the mentioned subjects at art schools, universities, events, symposia and conferences. I also work as a consultant in regard to text editing and printed matter for publishing companies, magazines and record labels. I also work with filmmaking, in publishing, photography and music.
DEMENTIA + AD HITCHIN 'live' SPOKEN WORD DIRECTORS: CHAINSAW & COLLIER 3 mins, UK, 2017
World premiere of Billy Chainsaw and Chris Collier's CUT UP created as a visual accompaniment to AD Hitchen's DEMENTIA from the author's recently published book CONSENSUAL.
A.D. HITCHIN is a writer, artist and misanthrope with an antinomian streak. He began his career on the avant-garde scene and his work with the cut up method has been discussed by academia and appeared in many magazines, websites and publications, culminating in co-editing CUT UP! An Anthology inspired by the CUT UP Method of William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin. Hitchin marked his move away from more cryptic, abstract work with the publication of CONSENSUAL, an exploration of sex, death, misanthropy and sadism, described by one reviewer as 'a sexual, sacrificial tour through the darkest recesses of his psyche'. He lives in a cabin somewhere in the south east of England where he avoids as many other people as possible and continues his work.
INTERMISSION MUSIC PROGRAMMED BY NOVA BILL
Wed 8 Mar
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