Index of Titles Filed Under 'Magic'

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Ancestors and Algorithms appears online in issue 2 of Fictional Journal and is reproduced in the Propaganda pdf document. In 2000, Dan Greaney, the writer of The Simpson’s cartoon, imagined Donald Trump as the president of the United States in the episode Bart to the Future, and he admits that the idea “was pitched because it was consistent with a vision of America going insane.” The show creates an unimaginable scene, the embodiment of its viewer’s worst nightmare and hilarious fantasy that has since become reality. A global dissatisfaction with liberal democracy has cleared the political stage for right-wing populists such as Trump and ...
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Publishercontinent.2019
These past few years, the fairly ancient concept we call “truth” has been bandied about the place quite a bit. Our social trust barometers, for a long time calibrated with “politician” on one side and “scientist” at the other, have been thrust into stormy weather. People like Donald Trump and Richard Dawkins have buried the needle into extremes of rhetorical squall, political uproar and techno-scientific demand, operationalising belief and fact in excessive ways — destructive of both self and others. The rest of us, muddling through this other ancient concept we call “modern life”, try and poise ourselves somewhere in ...
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As part of our publishing program engaged with social activism, Printed Matter published the Artists & Activists Pamphlet Series between 2008 and 2012. Inspired by the legacy of the political pamphlet, these modest format publications offered artists and collectives a space to address some of the social and political concerns of our time and critically examine the concept of art and activism. Twenty pamphlets were created in total, and they were distributed for free at the Printed Matter storefront and included in mail-order packages. Printed Matter is now making the entire series available for free download through our website.
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PublisherChen's2020
“Between Sky and Belief: Cosmological Uprisings”, a conversation between Alice Sparkly Kat and Ying Liu. The program consists of individual presentations on practices and research that take a critical approach to astrology, divination and other frameworks that decode futurity. The conversation dissects the historical and contemporary applications of astrology to narrate our current sociopolitical reality and to fathom our universe. Alice Sparkly Kat Alice Sparkly Kat is a queer, PoC astrologer. They use astrology to re-chart a history of the subconscious, redefine the body in world, and reimagine history as collective memory. Their astrological work has inhabited MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, ...
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Publishere-flux2010
In a recent BBC documentary on “objectum sexuals”—people who have loving relationships with inanimate objects—Erika Naisho Eiffel spoke about her love affair with an archer’s bow: “We were just such a great team because we had that connection on every single level. I’d almost swear that my blood flowed from my arm and went right into him. And it felt like the molecules in him were flowing right back into my arm.” It’s no surprise that, before their love waned, Naisho Eiffel was a record-breaking world champion archer—a love story indeed. But more importantly, Naisho Eiffel’s example seems to suggest ...
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Publishere-flux2012
For the Summer 2012 issue of e-flux journal we are very pleased to present a special “Animism” issue guest-edited by Anselm Franke, curator of the exhibition by the same name. Even if you missed Animism on tour in Europe since it began at Extra City and MUHKA in Antwerp in 2010, you have probably learned of its encompassing mobilization of the systems of inclusion and exclusion defining “science” and “culture.” The various stages of the exhibition have shown the discourse of animism to be a crucial skeleton key for releasing the deadlocks formed by the repressed religious, teleological, and colonial ...
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Publishere-flux2017
The critique of bureaucracy slithers like a sewer—hidden, warm, and necessary—beneath the aging towers of the twentieth-century intellectual metropolis. Arising first as one answer to The Question—namely, what happened in the USSR?—bureaucracy eventually came to replace the bourgeoisie as the preferred explanation for why everything was the way it was. To this day, pseudonyms for bureaucracy remain highly fashionable pieces of conceptual hyperbole. Any characterization of instituted sociality as uniform unfreedom—the spectacle, the body without organs, libidinal economics, Empire, Bloom—has its origins in the bureaucratic obsession with control, as distinct from the bourgeois obsession with ownership… Editorial Editors Art, Technology, and Humanism Boris Groys The ...
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Edie Fake, Jamillah James, Alexis Blair Penney Hosted by MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY Sunday November 18, 2012 2pm The Center for Experimental Lectures is thrilled to present lectures by Edie Fake, Jamillah James, and Alexis Blair Penney, hosted by MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York as part of the museum’s Sunday Sessions program. Artist Edie Fake’s lecture The Sexual Life of Patterns explores the concept of “the weave” in relation to textiles, gender, and the trans body. Extending the logic of intuitive herbalism, magic, and tarot into textile decoration, ornamentation, and repetitive pattern, Fake’s lecture will explore the physical ...
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Lazaros discusses avoiding the dogmatic nature of religion, cults and religious movements, origins of faith speaking to society, magic, and Mormonism.
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PublisherFall Semester2016
“Magick is a culture.” So writes Alan Chapman in his Advanced Magick for Beginners. What follows is an effort to take such a claim seriously, and to imagine what the political affordances of magick might be, and what kinds of things those magicians already among us might be doing. The contemporary practice of magick (of the Western esoteric tradition) may be, we will argue, a creative technology of the self. It can work to counter the mandates of the reigning biopolitical regime, of capital’s investment in identity and identity politics, even as some of magick’s instantiations mirror certain instrumental tendencies of capital. ...
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PublisherUrbanomic2019
Robin Mackay is joined by Amy Ireland to talk to Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh about his book Omnicide, lullabies, prisons, nerds, mysticism, assassins, sorcery and hyperstition, practical magic, and more…. Music used in the podcast: ‘Gerye Miayad Mara’ by Homayoun Shajarian Track from ‘Baluchestan Music—The Local Iranian Music’ cassette by unknown artist ‘Beman’ by Aida Shahghasemi
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Math Bass and Travis Boyer Hosted by The Shandaken Project Shandaken, NY Sunday September 2, 2012 7pm The Center for Experimental Lectures invites you to join us upstate over Labor Day weekend for a special out-of- town presentation of new lecture-performances by Math Bass and Travis Boyer hosted by The Shandaken Project. Guests are welcome any time in the afternoon and to stay on after the lectures into the night or overnight for eating, drinking, and camping. New York Based artist Travis Boyer will present a slide lecture that connects Russian painting and Tex-Mex cocktail culture entitled “Any Three Ingredients Makes a ...

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