The UK’s Fulgur publishing house has just released Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over edited by Cavan McLaughlin. This features select papers from the first Trans- States conference held in England in 2016. The conference was titled: “The Art of Crossing Over,” which themed itself upon the Major Arcana card, The Hanged Man, and focused solely on boundary crossing, liminality and the queering of normativity. This book features a foreword by Alan Moore. The publisher’s site states:
“Trans- States was an experimental, transdisciplinary conference held at the University of Northampton, in September 2016, that sought to bring about a valuable convocation of esoterically-inclined minds: a meeting of academics, independent scholars, magical practitioners and artists with shared interests in both the study and production of contemporary occulture.
“A shameless pun, a ‘trans- state’ (playing on ‘trance state’) is, among other things, a coincidentia oppositorum: an alchemical wedding that defines the fixed place, where boundaries are actively transgressed – where the role of the magician, mystic and artist collide.
“This volume features a collection of essays inspired by, and in some cases developed directly from, the Trans- States conference. Our contributors offer different perspectives on work produced by artists undergoing – or seeking – alterations in consciousness; on art created for the very purpose of bringing about transformations in the artist, the wider culture, and even: reality itself.”