Sunday, 29 July 2012

Thunderbolt Pagodas

A Pleasure Dome was erected and inaugurated in Brighton on July 21. A deliberate artifice designed to create a moment out of time, and one which will endure.

We have accomplished our stated intent.

Finding a day that would work for us amdist the astrological carnage of the heavens was not easy, but we heralded the sun's entrance into Leo with the first day of Summer that anyone had seen. But then, we are no strangers to turmoil.

Brighton was perfectly lit for us. 

We offer our thanks to all those who participated in the masquerade.
Speakers, performers, dancers, actors, poets, authors, visionaries et al.
Something definitely happened and the effects will continue to be felt.

For those still watching askance from the sidelines, wondering whether something new is being born in magic and witchcraft, something renewed, this was living proof. Magic was not only talked about, it was demonstrated by people putting their practice on the line, the edges between performance and ritual blurring as the day gathered pace and flung us deeper into the night.

The events of the day were captured by and will be revealed in due course. But the prize in magic goes to those with persistence, those who make the physical journey and lend their bodies to the dance. You know who you are.

However, we want to include those on the other side of the oceans who could not be here and so the cinematic artefact is an important way for us to share with our absent friends.

Perhaps most telling is to look at the way in which the frames of those who came were tinted by the experience. People did not come to watch, they were all participants in the drama and transformed by it.

This very personal view of the day by Ivy Kerrigan really delighted us, and can be read here:

We are not interested in talking smack. There is a need for engaging directly. We come out of these events after months of planning and preparation empty-handed, but far richer for the experience.

In the tumult of maenads and madness we were unable to screen all of the films that we hoped. In lieu of that, here are a storm of images from our digital curator John Bradburn, that they may inspire others to paint in light.

Procession at Dawn (J Lee Maas, 

4 shorts by Stan Brakhage (Stan Brakhage 1967-75)

Astronaut Orphans (Julietta Triangular 2011).

TEASER 2 Astronaut Orphans from Julieta_triangular on Vimeo.

Soghoth (Diego Curubeto, unknown)

Mirror Animations (Harry Smith, 1960s)

Colour of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov, 1968).

Ah Pook is Here (Phillip Hunt, 1994)

 The Angelic Conversation (Derek Jarman 1985).

Dry Blood (Ethan Roberts, 2012). 

DRY BLOOD from Ethan Roberts on Vimeo.

Kustom Kar Kommandos (Kenneth Anger, 1970).

Kustom Kar Kommandos, (kenneth anger), by zohilof

OSSOSSWEEOSS! (Alan Lomax, 1953).

The Gathering (John Bradburn & Andy Paton 2012)

Decoder (Muscha, 1984)

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