Friday, 8 June 2012

A vision in a dream, or a fragment..

 A Pleasure Dome. A major event for the European Occult and Magical community being held in Brighton UK on Saturday July 21 2012.

Set list announced with available now.

It promises to be something special, with an international line-up of speakers, performers, dancers and experimental films. A truly visionary day and night where we will collectively dream true the magical future.

Whether you are magician, witch, pagan, psychonaut, curious or brave we want you to be part of this.

Reading books will only get you so far. Magic is about participation, and we cordially invite you to come to have your cup filled until it flows over. We welcome our friends, old and new, neophytes and adepts. This will be a brief glimpse of paradise. A chance to get out of your normal set and setting.

A return train from London costs under a tenner if you book in advance. Our imposing Temple venue is a stone's throw from the station, directly behind the dreaming domes of the Pavilion.

Tickets cost £15 on sale here:

We can also confim that our friends as will be filming the event again this year. But not every speech will be captured.

This is something you will want to experience live.

Set List

11:00- Inauguration
We will be starting on time and on focus to once more magically inaugurate the Pleasure Dome.

11.15-12 Alkistis Dimech - BABALON: Embodiment of Mystery

From possession work, masking and dance to mirror work and throes of ecstasy. How is it that we can embody the Goddess of Love and War? The practical, historical and inspiring path of the flesh.
Alkistis Dimech is a butoh dancer, co-founder of Scarlet Imprint an artist and writer. Her published essays on Witchcraft and dance can be found in Devoted and XVI.

12-12.15 Break

12.15-13.00 Carl Abrahamsson - The Mega Golem

A recent focus in Abrahamsson's writings/lectures has been the multicoloured area between art and the occult: their many intersections and often vital offspring. In 2011, he "initiated" an occult art project which deals with the creation of a "mega-golem": one magical being consisting of artworks. His talk at the Pleasure Dome will touch upon this, in relation to a tradition of visionary art. One of the best minds in magic. His work has appeared in our collection XVI, and he is the driving force behind the Fenris Wolf Journal.

13.00-13.45 LUNCH (showing of Demon Brother and Lucifer Rising in MAGIC LANTERN room)

13.45-14.30 Levannah Morgan - Lucifer Risen

Kenneth Anger is a magician who produced an extraordinary series of short films between the late 1940s and 1981 including INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, SCORPIO RISING, INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER and LUCIFER RISING.Initially working withn Aleister Crowley's magickal system he developed a system of uniquely cinematic magick: films which were created as magickal rituals and which work on their audiences as such. Anger was also the muse and an inspirer of the Luciferian counterculture of London in the 1960s. Every image, every detail of these films as a magickal meaning and purpose. From the orgiastic Rite of Pan which is INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, through the Geburic "attack on the sensorium" (Anger, 1966) of INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER, to the lyrical expression of Anger's personal Lucifer mythos in LUCIFER RISING these films are a brilliantly luminous form of creative magick. In this talk I will look in detail at how Anger created this magick and how it works, and will demonstrate that Anger should be regarded as one of the leading magicians of the 20th century.
Levannah is a leading figure in the witchcraft community and a highly respected academic. Her work with Ishtar appears in the Scarlet Imprint collection Devoted.

14.30-14.45 Break

15.00-15.45 Peter Grey - Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Witchcraft must respond to the world it finds itself in. Peter Grey unleashes a vision of what a modern witchcraft can be. Drawing on his work with BABALON he sets out a manifesto for radical re-imagining of our secular and shattered world.

15.45-14.00 Break

16.00-16.45 Al Cummins - Cut-up

Cut-up - the manipulation of existent material to form new / the sundered newspaper, the exploded ticket / aleatoric juxtaposition, dada hagiography, dub literature / paeans to Atropos, lady of the sacred scissors - patron of mosiac, collage and chimeras / the Fate who widens the windows of the soul. / a talk on cut-up by cut-up. / fragments of poetry, prose, lecture and improvisation / "...divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." / a celebration of chaos, beauty and the spaces dilated. / paired like lips, two scissor blades make one cut.
The legacy of Burroughs, Gysin, Orridge, Noon, the Dadaists and Surrealists. Al Cummins is a rising star whose important essay that this performance samples can be found in Mandragora.

16.45-17.00 Paul Holman (reading)

Paul is a published poet of renown. Taking inspiration from the Situationists and counterculture, his work is the essence of magic in practice. His Memory of the Drift cannot be recommended highly enough. His work can also be found in Scarlet Imprint's Datura and Mandragora.

17.00-17.45 Stuart Inman - Surrealism and the Occult

Connections between Surrealism and the world of the occult are real enough but are widely misunderstood. This illustrated talk will look at some of the artists and writers who have delved into occult studies (especially alchemy) the relationship between Surrealism and Hermetic ideas and will also consider the meanings of the 1999 exhibition in Prague ‘Svatokradez’ – Sacrilege – The Magical Against the Sacred..

17.45 - 18.30 Evening break FILMS (MAGIC LANTERN ROOM) 

18.30-18.45 Grim Rita - Stand Up.
Sarah Grimstone has been writing and performing comedy for 15 years. After flooring the crowds at The Speakeasy in Glastonbury earlier this year, she will be bringing her own brand of acerbic Occult Comedy to our event. In her own words, 'I do Occult Comedy. It's fucking niche.' You have been warned.


19.00-19.30 Michael Azzato- Performance
Returning to give another Egyptian Sha'abi dance after his flamboyant performance at the Summer of Love. Michael has been studying and practising witchcraft and occult since his adolescence with an affinity for the divine feminine in world traditions and folklore, this led him to pursue Oriental Dance or Raqs Sharqi. He discovered its misconception as an archaic mystical dance promoted by pop culture which in its modern conception was born in the back streets of Cairo's cabaret bars, which nevertheless developed into a performing art expressing the soul of Arabic music and its themes in this emotive and coquettish dance-style.

19.30-19.45 Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule - Sovle et Coagula Act 1: Solve

The Ancient Greek bard Orpheus torn limb from limb by the Maenads, wildwomen in the retinue of Dionysos. A disembodied head, alone on the currents, adrift on the elements…
  A ritual theatre performance with live song and dance.

20.00-20.30 Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule - Solve et Coagula Act 2: Coagula

The second act of this multimedia performance of Orpheus featuring live song and dance accompanied by a stop-animation film of Orryelle's life-size coagulating composite Baphomet statue.. The groundwork for this theatrical extravaganza is explored in hir essay in Mandragora. The
His latest alchemical opus 'Solve' will be released in time for the event, and the illustrated libretto of the performance and various prints will also be available.

20.45-21.05 Chris Page -  Closed Circuits PERFORMANCE

Fight songs for Demons. Chris Page brings his Closed Circuits project to your gentle ears. Poet, performer, DJ and fearsome talent.

21.15-21.45 Lila Lilith - Performance

Tantric dancer and Goddess devotee Lila Lilith will be performing.


23.00 Going forth..

If you can help publicise the event by blog, messaging and word of mouth that would help us greatly.

Bring your friends!

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