Looking into the aesthetic of occult activism and searching for elements and symbols that can be re-interpreted and digitalised. Sketching with sigils and afterimages.
Fear from “the better sorts” for the “lower classes” expressed itself as an attack on popular magic. The battle against magic has always accompanied the development of capitalism. The people who practiced rituals were mostly poor people who struggled to survive, always trying to stave off disaster. This unpredictability implicit in the nature of magic went against the capitalist organisation of work that was aimed at controlling nature. Magic seemed a form of refusal of work, insubordination and an instrument of grassroots resistance to power.
The world had to be disenchanted in order to be dominated. (S. Wilson).
Been experimenting with the concept of artificial circles: combining natural elements and shapes with retro-futuristic colours and materials. Partly inspired by the concept of “heksenkring” in Dutch, literally translated as “witch circle”: the natural phenomena of mushrooms occurring in a circle which (particularly) in Western Europe was subject of much myth and mystery.
“The definition of women as demonic beings, and the atrocious and humiliating practices to which so many of them were subjected left indelible marks in the collective female psyche and in women’s sense of possibilities. From every viewpoint – socially, economically, culturally, politically – the witch-hunt was a turning point in women’s lives; it was (…) the cause of the downfall of the matriarchal world. For the witch-hunt destroyed a whole world of female practices, collective relations, and systems of knowledge that had been the foundation of women’s power in pre-capitalist Europe, and the condition for their resistance in the struggle against feudalism.”____S. Federici, (2011), “Caliban and the witch”, 102-103
Embracing the void: installation sketch + exhibition space
Digital Tribalism: early mindmap