Back in October of last year I attended the UCL conference on “Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture”, where I presented a paper on the subject of “Archaeology and Occultism in the Work of Kenneth Anger”. In this I examined how the renowned American experimental film-maker utilised past societies in proselytizing for the occult religion of Thelema, founded in 1904 by the (in)famous British esotericist Aleister Crowley. In doing so, Anger made repeated use of archaeological material, particularly that associated with Ancient Egypt, and thus much of his ouevre represents a fascination avant-garde example of what has usually been termed "Egyptomania." I'm pleased to say that enough people found my paper to be of sufficient interest that I have been subsequently invited to give a lecture on this subject for the nearby Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Bloomsbury, Central London as part of their "Petrie Film Club Presents" series.
|The Petrie Museum; image by LordHarris.|
Scheduled for Thursday 06th November at 6pm, I will be introducing a screening of Anger's seminal film Lucifer Rising (1980), an exposition of Thelemite theology that was filmed at such archaeological sites as Luxor, Karnak, Avebury, and Externsteine. Those interestested in coming along must obtain a ticket beforehand, and should be directed over to the Museum's events page, where all the necessary information can be found; tickets themselves can be obtained through Eventbrite here. Admittance is free, although a donation of £5 is requested. Unfortunately, I am given to understand that no under-18s will be permitted entry, presumably because there are a few instances of nudity in the film. If you live in the London area and have an interest in Crowleyanity, Egyptomania, or experimental cinema - or of course the mix of all three - then I would warmly welcome you to come along !