Last year’s attempt to do a presentation at Brooklyn’s famed Observatory was foiled by hurricane Sandy, which left the venue out of action for over a month. So I’m really happy to get another chance to speak there almost exactly a year later…
The Vampires of London, a Cinematic Survey
Illustrated lecture with Mark Pilkington, Strange Attractor Press
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 8:00 PM
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
In late 1969, as Swinging London entered its terminal phase, reports began to emerge of a tall, malevolent entity prowling the decaying gothic splendor of London’s Highgate Cemetery. Wielding stakes, crucifixes, garlic bulbs and a lot of crushed velvet, a group of local youths invaded the cemetery in search of the supernatural; newspapers quickly picked up on the story and so the legend of Highgate Vampire was born.
In this heavily illustrated presentation, Mark Pilkington looks at the many themes and influences – cultural, social and geographical – that made the appearance of The Vampire an eerie inevitability. Armed with a wealth of stories, photographs and film clips – from Hammer classics and Pathe newsreels to period television and Mondo obscurities – Mark will add flesh to the bones of this undying monster.
More info here
I’m thrilled to be speaking at the Occult Humanities conference to be held at New York University, Manhattan, USA, between 18 and 20 October.
The impressive line up of contributors includes: Susan Aberth, Acep Hale, Robert Ansell, Elijah Burgher, Laurent Ferri, Mitch Horowitz, Amy Hale, William Kiesel, Gary Lachman, The Parlour Trick and Shannon Taggart.
You can find out more about the event and book tickets here
I’ll be diving back into the Akashic Jukebox at the ever-wonderful Green Man festival, near Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons, at 1pm on Friday 16 August – find me in the Talking Shop.
It looks to be a great day with words from Julian Cope and sounds from Jim and Julian Ghost Box. Elsewhere over the weekend you’ll find Robert Wyatt, Swans, The Horrors, Moon Duo, Fanfarlo, Patti Smith, Fuck Buttons and a tonne more
A giant 12-piece Raagnagrok Allstars played there in 2007 – that year we brought the rain, here’s to clearer skies for 2013!
[Photo by Al Robertson]
Tuesday 5 March
Strange Atttractor & Disinformation discharge 30,000 volts into anything (and anyone) within reach for a live demonstration of ‘Circuit Blasting’ at the Legendary Labour Club in Northampton. Expect a shocking display of sonic mayhem…
Tuesday 5 March, from 7pm
Legendary Labour Club [map]
95 Charles Street
Northampton NN1 3BG
I’m excited to be speaking at the Transmissions VI festival in Ravenna, Italy, curated by Daniel O’Sullivan.
It an amazing lineup and should be a fun, beautiful and inspiring weekend – come!
More news on what, when and where as I get it.
14-17 March, Ravenna, Italy.
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE (LICHENS)
ÆTHENOR (DANIEL O’SULLIVAN, STEPHEN O’MALLEY, KRISTOFFER RYGG, STEVE NOBLE)
STIAN WESTERHUS & SIDSEL ENDRESEN
MOTHLITE & MR TODD
GRUMBLING FUR (DANIEL O’SULLIVAN & ALEXANDER TUCKER)
PHIL MINTON’S FERAL CHOIR
VISUAL WORKS BY IAN JOHNSTONE, DAVID C W BRIGGS, DANIEL O’SULLIVAN, MARK TITCHNER, ALEXANDER TUCKER, ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE, SIMON FOWLER, CATHY WARD, SERENA KORDA & RAYMOND SALVATORE HARMON
TALKS BY MARK PILKINGTON, WRITER AND PUBLISHER OF STRANGE ATTRACTOR PRESS
WIRE MAGAZINE LIVE Q&A’S
The Wire Salon, presented by Mark Pilkington
Crystal Voyagers – A Journey Through The New Age
London Cafe Oto, 6 December 2012, 8pm, £4 on the door only.
Enjoy our New Age video playlist
Off an overgrown path towards the back of a Hampstead churchyard lies a stone slab decorated with a large nine-fold geometric symbol, the enneagram, and a statement that ends:
“…we ever cease to be hereafter
The unreal has no being
The real never ceases to be”
The grave belongs to AR Orage, a pioneering populariser of the early 20th century mystics George Guirdjieff and Peter Ouspensky, and editor from 1907 to 1924 of the weekly progressive journal, The New Age.
At the dawn of the modernist era, Orage’s journal both defined and named a burgeoning global movement that, over the next century, sought to expand minds and change the world via a potent combination of mysticism, self-discovery, humanitarian politics, environmental concerns, and the embrace of technology.
THE HAUNTED WORLDS OF NIGEL KNEALE
WHEN: Saturday 17 November 2012, midday-9pm
WHERE: Michelson Theater, Room 648, 721 Broadway, New York
[at Broadway and Washington Place] [map]
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Midday: Introduction (by Sukhdev Sandhu)
12:15: Screening: The Stone Tape (1972, 90 min) (introduced by Dave Tompkins)
2:00 – Screening: Murrain (1975, 60 min) (introduced by Bilge Ebiri)
3:30 – Panel Discussion including Mark Pilkington and Will Fowler
4:45 – Screening: ‘Baby’, from Beasts (1976, 60 min)
6:00 – Screening: Quatermass and The Pit (1967, 97 min) (introduced by David Pike)
8:15 – Musical Performance: The Road (1963) – reading / live synthesiser and percussion soundtrack by Rose Kallal, Micki Pellerano and Mark Pilkington of a long-lost Kneale TV play