Fulgur Esoterica has published a new peer-reviewed journal called Black Mirror that has a focus on the overlap of art and the occult. The content of the first issue (Volume 0) looks to be intriguing and insightful:
Volume 0: territory
Introduction, Judith Noble, Dominic Shepherd and Robert Ansell
Lifting the Veil: Esoteric Interpretations of Seven Contemporary Artists, Jesse Bransford
Considering the Esoteric Aesthetic: Practice, Context and Reception, Amy Hale
From Mondrian to Charmion von Wiegand: Neoplasticism, Theosophy and Buddhism, Massimo Introvigne
The Fool and the Mirror: Concerning the Relations between Art, Magic and the Academy, Julian Vayne
The Secret Life of Objects, Marie von Heyl in interview with Daniel Zamani
Surrealism’s Popular Occultism: From H. P. Lovecraft to H. Rider Haggard, Gavin Parkinson
Creative Destruction: The Alchemy of the (Art) Market, Ulli Seegers
There will be a US release party for it here in NYC this Friday, hosted by magickal kingpin and Black Mirror contributor, Jesse Bransford. I would be there myself if I could be, but you shouldn't miss this:
Friday April 3, 7-9pm
66 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Black Mirror seeks to examine ways in which the occult and the esoteric have been at the heart of art practice now and throughout the modernist period. It is part of a growing movement that seeks to critique the dominant twentieth-century notion of disenchantment, and that rejects notions of the esoteric and occult as irrational, escapist, regressive and essentially anti-modern. In addition to presenting new research on the modernist period, Black Mirror will consider especially work being made by artists, film-makers and other practitioners now.
This peer-reviewed series is based at the Arts University Bournemouth, UK in partnership with NYU Steinhardt, New York and published by Fulgur Esoterica. It is produced by a group of artists and researchers and much of the work examined will be practice-led. Hence this volume includes both essays on contemporary and modernist work, and new works by artists. Black Mirror is intended as a meeting place for all those interested in the arts and the occult and esoteric. Our philosophy is deliberately pluralistic and will include all areas of the arts.
A Wine & Cheese release party for the lavishly produced book, first of a projected series of 11:
octavo format (230 x 160mm)
– 124 pages
– lavish use of colour
– custom mirror-black endpapers
– blocked obsidian-black cloth
Copies of this limited run book will be for sale for $50.00.