Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Forthcoming exhibition on esotericism and art: I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute, London

Ever on the lookout for upcoming academic conferences that simply look fantastic, earlier today I discovered that on 25 October 2014, the Warburg Institute in Bloomsbury, Central London will be hosting I:MAGE, a one-day conference devoted to the subject of esoteric art, featuring lectures from such scholars as Marco Pasi, Amy Hale, and Gary Lachman. At £60.00 for a ticket and with no sign of student concessions, I fear that I may well have to give this one a miss, but hopefully some of my readers with a little bit more change in their pockets might want to pop along! Although more detailed information can be found here, I have posted the basic prospectus below: 

Organised by Fulgur Esoterica, this one-day of lectures aims to offer an insight into the emerging category of esoteric art by focusing on what has been defined as one of its key aspects – the engagement between artists and spirit entities and what this means in terms of artistic expression. The
I:MAGE day of lectures will take place at the Warburg Institute, one of the most renowned centres for the study of cultural, intellectual and art history.

Leading scholars in the field will present original research on the intersection between artistic currents such as Surrealism, modernism and abstraction and esoteric movements such as witchcraft, Spiritualism, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Theosophy. By exploring a range of artists with different historical contexts and means of expression we hope to inspire artists and researchers working with these themes today and to develop the framework upon which further research, both historical and contemporary, can be carried out.

The lecture series will be followed by a relaxed evening of entertainment and music at Treadwell’s Bookshop the leading gathering point for Esotericism in London. Browse the books, meet new and old friends and share some food and drinks with us. Please note: this is a private event for the Warburg event attendees and speakers only. Treadwell’s Bookshop is located 5 minutes distance from the Warburg Institute. 

For any enquiry related to this event please email livia@fulgur.co.uk

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