I:MAGE 2014 € A CELEBRATION OF ESOTERIC ART

AGOSTINO ARRIVABENE I MICHAEL BERTIAUX I JESSE BRANSFORD I ANNE CROSSEY I ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO I DENIS FORKAS I CRISTINA FRANCOV I STEFFI GRANT I BARRY WILLIAM HALE I SARA HANNANT I LIZ INSOGNA I ELAINE KNIGHT I FRANCESCO PARISI I MAX RAZDOW I RESIDUE I PENNY SLINGER I NATALIA SMIRNOVA AUSTIN I OSMAN SPARE I SHANNON TAGGART

Artists from around the world come together to celebrate the spirituality of All Hallow’s Eve.

In October 2014 Fulgur Esoterica will host I:MAGE 2014 Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits, a two weeks long festival dedicated to the exploration of the artist-spirit entities relationship. The festival comprises of a group exhibition showcasing eighteen among the best international contemporary esoteric artists, a one day academic conference at the Warburg Institute, the publication of three volumes exploring art and the occult (cinema, visual and performance art are all covered from both an academic and a practitioner standpoint) and a series of screenings, performances and events.

The theme for I:MAGE 2014 is inspired by what many people call Hallowe’en but contemporary Witches and Druids across Europe and North America call Samhain. For them the end of October marks an important spiritual moment in the calendar when the world of spirits are remembered and celebrated. This is an occasion to look at the roots of Halloween and find out how other cultures across the globe celebrate it.

For the Warburg Institute conference top scholars will present new research on the spirits-artist relationship. Speakers include Prof. Susan Aberth on Leonora Carrington and Invocation; Prof. Marco Pasi on 19th century prodigy artist Georgiana Houghton and abstract art; Dr. Dan Zamani on surrealism and its relationship to the spirit world, amongst others.

Other events include a performance by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner, a full day of esoteric films screenings and a lecture by anthropologist David Graeber (most famous for his best seller book Debt).

For I:MAGE, Fulgur will also publish three printed volumes. First is a special issue of Abraxas, the premiere journal of esoteric art, dedicated to film and the occult (Clive Barker, Jodorowsky, Kenneth Anger are a few of the characters covered). Second, is the first volume of the academic series Black Mirror, published in partnership with University of Arts Bournemouth. And third, Fulgur will publish a full colour catalogue (with critical essays) documenting the entire festival.

Please click here for a full list of artists.

A full list of events can be viewed here.

For more information, high-res images or interview requests with curators, speakers or artists please get in touch with Livia at livia@fulgur.co.uk or call 0044 776 9961 594.

Opening Party

Tuesday October 21st, 6:00 – 9:00pm

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The Colours of Western Esotericism

Wednesday October 22nd, 7:30 – 9:30pm

An Evening Workshop with Jesse Bransford on colour theory.

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The Veil of Dreams

Thursday October 23rd, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Lecture: Art that Comes from Dreams, Jesse Bransford and Max Razdow on Pilgrimage

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Goddess, Speak

Tuesday October 28th, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Artist interview + Audience led discussion: The divine feminine in Liz Insogna’s art.

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Closing Party

Saturday November 1st, 7:00 – 10pm

Talk on Spirits, Fetishes and Nature + Ritual installation

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