Fulgur Publishing Black Mirror 2 Regarding Occult Impact on Art

UK publishing house Fulgur has announced its publication of Black Mirror 2 – elsewhere, the third in a series that examines the influence of the occult upon art practice, past and present. It was edited by Judith Noble, Jesse Bransford, Dominic Shepherd and Robert Ansell. The publisher’s site sez:

“Black Mirror is a peer-reviewed series that seeks to examine ways in which the occult and the esoteric have been at the heart of art practice now and throughout the modernist period. It is produced by a group of artists and researchers and much of the work examined will be practice-led. Hence this volume includes both essays on contemporary and modernist work, and new works by artists. Black Mirror 2 – elsewhere is the sthird installation within the Black Mirror series of publications.

“In this volume we explore the philosophy and practice of elsewhere. Throughout the twentieth century both occult practitioners and artists explored the effects of the patriarchal monotheistic heritage that divorced the mind from the body, privileging the intellect as spiritual and negating and subjugating the corporeal. The conjunction of heterodox spiritualities, feminism and green philosophies in the 1980s gave rise to art and thinking that sought to heal the split between mind and body, to find new respect for the body and the physical world, and to explore the spiritual through the corporeal. Mindful of these early pioneers, in this volume we seek to broaden ideas surrounding magic, art and embodiment.”

Contributors include:

  • Jesse Bransford: Introduction
  • Gražina Subelytė: Spectrality and the Dance of Death in the Art of Kurt Seligmann
  • Vanessa Sinclair: Inventing Ourselves: A Daily Practice of Cut-Ups
  • Kristin Trammell: Lost Angeles: Pentagram Punks and Occult Re-Revival in Post-2012 L.A.
  • Willem de Bruijn: Black-Mirror Architecture: Para-Historical Musing on the Architectural Peculiar
  • Jason Martin: Power Animal System: The Art of Jason Martin
  • Andrew Paul Wood: Magical Thinking: The Photography of Fiona Pardington
  • Richard Kaczynski: Leon Engers: From Psychochromes to Transcendental Paintings
  • Kelly E. Hayes: I am a Psychic Antenna: The Art of Joaquim Vilela


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