In 1953, psychoanalyst and anthropologist George Devereux published a collection of works from various psychoanalysts entitled Psychoanalysis and the Occult, which explored the intersection between the practice of psychoanalysis and occult phenomena, including contributions from Freud himself on ‘Premonitions and Chance’, ‘Psychoanalysis and Telepathy’, and ‘The Occult Significance of Dreams’. Additionally, Freud’s paper ‘Notes on the Unconscious’ was published in the journal of the Society for Psychical Research in 1912. Since that time, however, the majority of psychoanalysts willing to traverse occult terrain have worked within a Jungian framework, as the topic itself was central to the split between Freud and Jung, with the former insisting the burgeoning field of psychoanalysis be scientific and not spiritualist. However, Freud maintained an interest in occult phenomena longer than many of his followers would like to believe, and the time has come to explore this aspect of his work further.
Until now, the intersection of psychoanalysis and the occult has perhaps been most richly explored through the arts. Most well known are the Surrealists, who espoused Freud’s theories, and who were fascinated by the unconscious, dreams, synchronicity, automatic writing and chance encounters. These themes and methods are also featured in the work of the Symbolists, Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxists and Actionists, as well as in the work of avant-garde artists of our day.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together a diverse group of psychoanalysts, occultists and artists to share their views on human subjectivity and culture. Through an investigation of the unique modes and methodologies utilized by each individual practitioner, we may explore human experience via the convergence of domains that rarely speak to one another yet often work in similar and complementary ways.
Vanessa Sinclair, Alkistis Dimech, Graham Duff, Katelan Foisy, Carl Abrahamsson, Charlotte Rodgers, Luce deLire (Hti Duj), Katy Bohinc, Demetrius Lacroix, Khi Armand, Langston Kahn, Jesse Hathaway, Troy Chambers, Gary Lachman, Steven Reisner, Robert Ansell, Billy Jacobs, Annette Rawlings, Derek M Elmore, K Lenore Siner, Jesse Bransford, Juan Montoya, Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Roberto Milusic Migliussi, Eliott Edge, Claire-Madeline Culkin, Ken Henson, Steingrimur Eyfjord with meditation by Fred Yee, representation by Scarlet Imprint, Reivaks Timeless, Treadwell’s Books, and special musical performances by Val Denham and Thighpaulsandra.
Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult
5-8 May, 2016
Candid Arts Trust, London
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Biographies of Participants:
Carl Abrahamsson (b 1966) is a Swedish writer and film-maker who’s also worked with photography and music as artistic expressions. He edits and publishes the annual occultural journal The Fenris Wolf, which collects material from the colourful grey area between art and esotericism.
Robert Ansell (b.1965) is a publisher, art dealer, curator and scholar. His field of expertise is esoteric art of the 20th century with a specific focus on Austin Osman Spare. Through his company Fulgur Esoterica he has represented esoteric artists in book form since 1992. In recent years he has also gained note as an independent art curator specializing in the esoteric. Robert is also the publisher and art editor of Abraxas Journal, which has been described as ‘today’s pre-eminent voice for the serious study of occult and esoteric expression.’ He has been interviewed for the BBC Culture Show, the blog Boing Boing, and Dazed and Confused.
Khi Armand is an interdisciplinary artist and a spirit-initiated shaman holding initiations in such New World medicine traditions as Haitian Vodou, Afro-Brazilian Quimbanda, and the Unnamed Path. He holds a Masters in Performance Studies from New York Unviersity and a Bachelors in Ritual Anthropology from Hampshire College.
Katy Bohinc was born November 19th, 1983 at 6:04 PM in Cleveland, OH. June 5th 2012 in the Western Roman calendar the planet Venus traveled directly between the sun and earth, an event referred to as the Transit of Venus. Occurring every 100 years or so in 8 year pairs, the Transit of Venus is of unknown and extreme astrological significance. In 2012, the Transit of Venus occurred at 15’44 degrees Gemini, in exact mathematical conjunction with the ascendant and north node of the natal chart of K. Bohinc. Bohinc’s Dear Alain is a poetic epistolary, a psycho-sexual thriller, a metaphor for the relationship between poetry and Western philosophy, a personal address to Alain Badiou. Slavoj Zizek said, “This book should be banished!” She collaborates as Star Arkestress on Tender Buttons Press with Lee Ann Brown in the TornPage House in New York City.
Troy Chambers is a sculptural artist working in a variety of media across a wide array of spiritual traditions through spirit contact and artistic innovation to bring spirit to form. He is half of www.wolf-and-goat.com, a store specializing in esoterica, materia magica, and occult art, drawing from and inspired by Traditional Witchcraft, Quimbanda, Demonology and Necromancy.
Dr. Olga Cox Cameron is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Dublin for the past twenty seven years. She lectured in Psychoanalytic Theory and also in Psychoanalysis and Literature at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and Trinity College from 1991 to 2013 and has published numerous articles on these topics in national and international journals. She is the founder of the annual Psychoanalysis and Cinema Festival, now in its seventh year, to be held at Collins’ Barracks Museum, Dublin, the 2016 event having for theme; Revolution.
Luce deLire connotes a cloud of identities that holds degrees in gender studies (BA) and philosophy (MA) from Humboldt University in Berlin, German Literature (MA) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Media & Communication (interdisciplinary studies) (MA) at European Graduate School in Saas Fee, to the latter of which she has since served as Deans Assistant on a frequent basis. Despite this, she worked as a curator („What is Queer Today is Not Queer Tomorrow“, Berlin), a theatre director („tntls.sys“, Berlin, Bremen etc.), a political activist („Trans Inter Queer“), an astronaut, a time traveler & a simulacrum. etc etcetera. Also, she loves institutions. Very much so. She is currently pursueing a joint phd in Philosophy and German Literature at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and functions as the Artistic Director of the „(Re)create“ Art Residency in New York. She recently published „Kritik Praxis Krankenhaus“ (xenomoi 2015), a collected volume of texts by medical professionals and philosophers based on an interdisciplinary symposion in Berlin she organized in 2013.
Val Denham, born 14.11.1957 in Yorkshire is the kind of artist you’d normally expect to learn about only after their passing, when crates of wonderful obsessively detailed artworks and diaries would be revealed Darger-like to an unsuspecting public. Because unlike the majority of her generation of UK artists, neither her interest (nor her talent!) is first and foremost in self-promotion but in the obsessive creation of her art, the expression of her uniquely personal vision, her obsessions, her manias, her struggles and her life-path. Formally trained at Bradford College and the Royal College of Art in London, she has been originally associated with that true counter-cultural revolution of the late 1970s and early 80s which came to be known as “industrial culture”, creating a lot of the visual hallmarks of that genre and releasing her first own musical efforts via the then thriving tape scene. Apart from creating richly detailed works which deal with personal themes like her OCD, gender dysphoria and transgender issues, she is also an accomplished portrait artist. Her style is easily identifiable even though she has never limited herself to one particular mode of expression only, she is equally versatile in life-like figurative art as in abstract forms. Two volumes of her art and thoughts have been published by Timeless Editions out of Toulouse in 2012 and 2015 respectively and met with wide approval. Apart from releasing her series of handmade CDs of music Val has also collaborated with various bands on her sound works.
Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, diviner, artist and performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from both Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican Curanderismo, an initiated Olosha in Lucumí, and a Tatá Quimbanda. He performs with Theatre Group Dzieci, an experimental theatre group based in NY exploring the sacred through the medium of theatre. He is also half of Wolf & Goat, wolf-and-goat.com, a store specializing in Occult Art, Materia Magica, and Esoterica from Brazilian Quimbanda to Traditional Witchcraft and Conjure.
Alkistis Dimech is a dancer/choreographer, artist, writer and magician, whose practice is principally grounded in the ankoku butoh of Hijikata Tatsumi, a discipline/philosophy of dance that she has trained in and performed since 2002. The sabbatic dance is her personal progression of this ‘dance of darkness,’ a project exploring the intersection of the dancing, affective body, consciousness and practices associated with magic, witchcraft and shamanism. Her dance work is documented at sabbaticdance.com. With Peter Grey she co-founded the esoteric publishing house Scarlet Imprint in 2007. Her essays will be gathered in The Brazen Vessel later this year.
Graham Duff is a prolific screenwriter, producer and show runner. He created and wrote the Sky Arts anthology horror series ‘The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells’ starring Michael Gambon. He also created and wrote all 53 episodes of BBC3’s dark comedy drama ‘Ideal’ starring Johnny Vegas, three series of Radio 4’s sci-fi sit-com ‘Nebulous’ starring Mark Gatiss and BBC2’s ‘Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible’ starring Steve Coogan. He script edited the movie ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ as well as seven series of Radio 4’s Sony award winning ‘Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show’. As an actor his appearances include Doctor Who and the Harry Potter films. He also writes about art, music and underground culture and owns a modest collection of contemporary and surrealist art.
Katelan Foisy is a multimedia artist, writer and witch. Her fine art pieces have been displayed at The Worcester Art Museum, Ohio History Museum, MODA, WEAM, A&D Gallery, and Last Rights. She has graced the pages of the Grammy Award programs and the stage of Cynthia von Buhler’s immersive plays “Speakeasy Dollhouse” and “Brother’s Booth.” Katelan has been featured in NY Times, Elle Magazine, Paper Magazine, GQ Italy, Time Out NY and many others for her work both as an artist and curator. She has written for Motherboard/VICE, Electric Literature, Luna Luna, and COILHOUSE.
Peter Grey is a writer and co-founder of occult publisher Scarlet Imprint. He is the author of three books, The Red Goddess, Apocalyptic Witchcraft and Lucifer: Princeps. His essays have been disseminated widely in print and online, and he has lectured internationally. An exponent of low witchcraft and high ritual; he is particularly noted for his work on eschatology, ecology and Babalon.
Langston Kahn is a shamanic practitioner specializing in emotional healing. His practice is informed by Inner Relationship Focusing and African American Conjure with a foundation in the contemporary shamanic cosmology of the Last Mask Community.
Gary Lachman (born December 24, 1955, Bayonne, New Jersey, United States) is an American writer and musician. Lachman is best known to readers of mysticism and the occult from the numerous articles and books he has published. He is additionally known to music fans by his stage name as Gary Valentine as one of the founders, and bassist for the alternative rock/new wave band, Blondie.
Demetrius Lacroix has dedicated his life to the study of the occult, spirituality and religion of Traditional societies in the ancient and modern world. having studied many forms of traditional belief. From his own upbringing, and later initiation into Haitian Vodou. Lacroix comes from a multicultural background, offering a worldview shaped by his immersion into misunderstood and vilified cultures.Lacroix seeks to present the underrepresented “occult” in an understandable and edifying way. Lacroix is a professional Psychic, spiritual counselor, and advisor in Salem Massachusetts.
Dr. Ingo Lambrecht is a consultant clinical psychologist working at Manawanui, Māori Mental Health Service in Auckland, New Zealand. He has also been trained and graduated as a sangoma, a South African shaman. He has published and presented widely on the complex relationship between shamanism and psychoanalysis.
Elizabeth Monahan is a senior lecturer in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Dublin. She is involved with A.P.P.I. and is also a member of the U.S. based Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW). Liz works in private practice (www.sentioclinic.ie) and in the Carysfort Clinic a family medical practice Co. Dublin. She is currently researching the effects of psychoanalysis on art.
Dr. Ray O Neill MA, MSc, MPhil is an Irish writer and psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice in Dublin, Ireland. As Ireland’s only resident male Agony Aunt, Ray works significantly (and sometimes with significance) with the media in discoursing love, relationships, and desire in the 21st century. Current research includes explorations of the inter-relations between contemporary desire and technology; and that transmission of trauma across generations, with particular emphasis on the Irish experience.
Steven Reisner, PhD, is a Psychological Ethics Advisor to PHR and was a co-author on Experiments in Torture. A founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Dr. Reisner is also on the primary faculty of the International Trauma Studies program at New York University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Program in Clinical Psychology at the Columbia University Teachers College and at the New York University School of Medicine.
Charlotte Rodgers is an animist and magickian. She is also a writer, artist, performer and public speaker. Charlotte has contributed to many magazines and anthologies and wrote the books, The Bloody Sacrifice and P is for Prostitution: A Modern Primer. She conceived, introduced and co edited A Contemporary Western Book of the Dead (all published by Mandrake of Oxford). The Sky is a Gateway not a Ceiling (illustrated by Roberto Migliussi) published in Italy, is a recently published collection of her work. She has exhibited her totemic, talismanic art work which incorporates bones, road kill and elements of death, in numerous galleries including London’s Chelsea Gallery and the Bath Royal Institute and has given presentations at Edinburgh and Leicester University.
Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. She is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis, which facilitates psychoanalytic lectures, classes and events in and around New York City. She contributes to various publications including The Fenris Wolf (Edda Publishing), DIVISION/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, and the Brooklyn Rail.
Eve Watson, Ph.D. is is a psychoanalytic practitioner working in a city centre practice in Dublin, Ireland. She also works at American College Dublin in the delivery of academic and clinical programmes in Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis. She is affiliated with APW and is a registered practitioner member of APPI and is organisationally on the APPI Executive Committee and the editorial board of Lacunae, the Irish Journal of Psychoanalysis. Published in the areas of psychoanalysis, critical psychology, sexuality studies, poetics and social/critical theory, she has co-edited a book with Noreen Giffney entitled Clinical Encounters: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory due to be published in 2015.