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Reactivating the workshop

16 May

I’m baaaaack!!
After almost a couple of years of inactivity – largely due to feeling too busy to update this page and also being brainwashed by Facbok – I’ve realised that it’s best not to rely on that particular system to keep you informed of what I’m up to, and am thus reclaiming the relative independence of a blog.

If you’re new – hi! While there may be occasional writings up here, it’s mostly a place to keep track of events, gigs, talks and suchlike that I and friends are doing, though I won’t generally be including Strange Attractor work as that’s well covered elsewhere.

For the time being it’ll largely be detailing the activities of Teleplasmiste, my synthesiser and wind duo with Michael J York, as we have a number of gigs planned over the next few months.
So watch this space….

Teleplasmiste at The Delaware Road

16 May

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Mirage Men 2xDVD!

16 Jun

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A special, extended 2-disc version of the film is now available on DVD for only £10!

It includes the full length feature, an 8-page booklet with essays by the filmmakers on ‘The Genesis of Mirage Men’, ‘Tricksters, Saucers and Cyber Magicians’, ‘The Enigma of Richard Doty’ and ‘The Unreliable Narrator’, plus over an hour of previously unseen additional material, comprised of 22 short films giving background history, extra interviews and an exclusive Urthona music video.

Buy it here!

Asterism • Re:Birth • MK II • 20.04.14

15 Apr

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A Goodly Company

20 Jan

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A GOODLY COMPANY
ETHEL LE ROSSIGNOL

A SERIES OF PSYCHIC DRAWINGS GIVEN THROUGH HER
HAND AS AN ASSURANCE OF SURVIVAL AFTER DEATH

The Horse Hospital, 1 Colonnade, WC1N 1JD
PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 21st February 2014
EXHIBITION: Sat 22nd Feb – Sat 22nd Mar, Mon – Sat, 12 – 6pm

Presented by The College of Psychic Studies & Strange Attractor

“This sequence of designs is shown to open the eyes of all men to the glorious world of spiritual power which lies about them.”

Between 1920 and 1933 spirit medium Ethel Le Rossignol created a series of 44 paintings, 21 of which belong to The College of Psychic studies and will be on display with accompanying texts describing what she refers to as the Sphere of Spirit.

Radiant, psychedelic and ecstatic, her vision of the spirit world is consistent, coherent and stunningly beautiful, depicting a luminous realm of kaleidoscopic colour, inhabited by elegant sylphs, bejewelled apes and astral tigers.

Ethel’s channelled paintings reveal a world of pure light, colour and energy. Incorporating aspects of Art Deco, popular playbills, Eastern mysticism, mandalas and miniatures, they radiate an ecstatic joy, and are prescient of the psychedelic art that would emerge several decades later.

As a medium Ethel took no credit for the actual work, identifying a spirit known only as J.P.F. as the real artist. J.P.F himself claimed to be channelling another group of spirits, who wanted to impart the secrets of the soul to those of us still on the physical plane.

At present very little is known about Ethel le Rossignol’s life, though we hope that this exhibition might prompt new discoveries. There are clues in her writing that she lost a friend, perhaps relatives, in World War One, and that this encouraged her interests in afterlife communications, which boomed in the inter-war years. Certainly she had a great interest in mediumistic spiritualism, attending lectures and demonstrations on the subject in London.

Ethel died in 1970 and her paintings, and copies of her privately printed book, A Goodly Company, were donated to the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington. The paintings have been on display in rooms at the College for many years but, as far as we know, this is both the first time that they have ever been exhibited outside the College, and the first time that they have all been seen together in one space.

Encountering the whole Goodly Company assembled in one gallery promises to be a powerful exposure to the astral light and the love that she and her spirit friends so wanted to convey.

 

Antes Muerte

6 Jun

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Dead When I Got Here

28 May

Director/Producer Mark Aitken has started a Kickstarter campaign to help him edit and finish his amazing film Dead When I got Here:

In 2011 I visited the Vision & Action mental asylum in Mexico run by its own patients. I’d been told that filming anywhere along the US/Mexican border was dangerous – especially in Juárez, murder capital of the world. The asylum is out in the desert, on the curdled fringe of that city and I figured it would be safer to film there than on the streets.

The asylum was founded 18 years ago by Pastor Galvan and he gave me his trust and complete access to the place. The people I met and filmed are all recovering from the trauma of living in Juárez where 8 people are murdered each day with impunity. These people manage the asylum with empathy and very little else. Not to be pitied – they set an example we can only hope to understand and emulate. We are to be humbled by their determination to survive.

Please consider contributing here

Crystal Voyagers Pt 1/3

22 May

Crystal Voyagers: A Journey Through The New Age: Part One from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo.

Watch the first instalment of Crystal Voyagers: A Journey Through The New Age. Charting the rise of the Age Of Aquarius and its effect upon music over the past two centuries, this three-part, illustrated lecture is adapted from a talk by Mark Pilkington, given at London’s Cafe Oto in December 2012, as part of The Wire Salon series of talks and discussions events. Written and narrated by Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press. Edited by The Wire’s Nathan Budzinski. Special thanks to Resonance FM.

Dragons of Eden: 24/04/13

29 Mar

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Transmissions VI festival

21 Jan

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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.

TRANSMISSIONS VI
14-17 March, Ravenna, Italy.

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE
ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE (LICHENS)
ÆTHENOR (DANIEL O’SULLIVAN, STEPHEN O’MALLEY, KRISTOFFER RYGG, STEVE NOBLE)
STIAN WESTERHUS & SIDSEL ENDRESEN
DANIEL HIGGS
PHARAOH OVERLORD
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