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MAGICAL ART/E – Circular Tower of an Event, London 2014

28 Mar
Esoteric art exhibition and talk event, St. Augustine's, London Hackney, 21st - 23rd of March 2014

This was an unusual art exhibition as well as an unusual occult gathering. This event was different in a number of ways. It was also a personal challenge.

If you would have asked me two weeks earlier about going to London and exhibiting my art there, I would have declared you insane. But it happened. All my concerns, about lacking the funds, health, whatever, and other obstacles magically vanished, just one week before eventually embarking on my journey to London. It would be the first time in seven years.

It felt like a tip on my shoulder, followed by a physical and mental boost. The next few days I was like a maniac, preparing prints, packing art, clothes etc. Everything had to fit into a board case. The woman at the print shop became my best friend. I booked the flights last minute and eventually, after days and nights of no-sleep and few hours of rest, I found myself on the bus to Berlin airport, feeling lucid yet focused, constantly going up and down mental check lists.

“A tower of an event…”

The tower usually evokes a dark and fearsome image. However, my journey went smoothly. When I say smoothly, I mean everything worked out perfectly. I was on time, did not forget a thing, did not loose anything, flights, buses, trains – whatever was needed to get to the place did not let me down. If I was lost for the way, people helped me find it. I was met with so much friendliness that I eventually started wondering whether any of this was real.

“A circular gathering…”

It is the day of the vernal equinox. When I arrive at Andrea Kundry’s place, the other guests are already involved in animated conversation. I know noone and expect to be plutoed as the ‘German girl’. Instead I am welcomed warmly and find myself instantly involved in creatively engaged talk. It is  Charlotte Rodgers who takes the initiative; Glen Tomney and Roberto Migliussi join and a couple of minutes later we are talking art and meanings. It will continue throughout the event.

We have no time to loose and soon head straight to the location: St. Augustine’s tower appears as a solitary monument in the middle of London Hackney, medieval and out of place looking, reminding indeed of the tower tarot card. At the entrance, which is locked, we meet a little woman named Paula, who is dressed in hippie apparel. By little, I mean that she is maybe less than 5 feet tall. She has come here for the equinox and to light a candle in front of the tower, which she explains, is situated on the same ley-line as Stonehenge. She also tells us the tower was the oldest church tower of entire Britain and twelve monks had committed mutual suicide in this building. Her words sound like the perfect initiation into the event.

Unlocking the gate, we promise Paula to leave her candle burn, even though I wonder how any candle would remain lit under these conditions. This equinox comes rather as a late come-back of winter than a warm spring beginning.

Then we entered…

The tower’s inside is flooded with day light, shining through tall Gothic windows, illuminating layers of dust collected on cobwebs and the various artworks positioned on tables and hung on wire threads. In one corner, covering a wooden balustrade, hangs resplendent the large image of a black devil dancing on skulls and sticking out its tongue. It is painted by Dolorosa de la Cruz.

Passing art by Andrea Kundry and intricate sculptures by Charlotte Rodgers, we proceed up a narrow stairway and enter a small room that houses the tower’s clockwork. A reproduction of Amodali Zain’s iconic work is arranged alongside miniature paintings by Jezebel Halewood-Leagas, to be joined by various drawings and a goblin-themed assembly by Glen Tomney. In the same room I am later also setting up my long exposure nature photographs.

Crossing a small wooden bridge, we enter a second room with animal sculptures by Charlotte Rodgers. The iridescent black feathers of a winged corvid creature refract the daylight into its single parts. The bird resides over the talks, meditations and musical evenings taking place here.

We climb up to the last floor, the tower’s attic. In a dark corner presents itself an enormous vulvic shrine dedicated to Pomba-Gira. It consists of multiple ceramic and paper pieces, all created and set up by Angela Edwards. Two visitors are leaning thoughtfully over the installation. Later there will be Christian visitors inspecting the tower and wondering about the unusual happening and they will be shocked and confused by Angela’s work. But even esoteric folks visiting the tower for the exhibition will react ambiguous and unable relating to the presentation. It is the first time for me getting to know Angela and her work, and I too have to sort my feelings in regards to its provocative and violent yet strangely beautiful and enigmatic forms. I shall learn later, how much substance there is to it. Angela provides the viewer with candles and incense for paying respect to the spirits. So I light some, the rest remains an inner dialogue. Later I will spend more time chatting with Angela and without knowing or deciding on it, we are to stay in touch for years to come.

The inside of the tower is cold, electricity is not working properly and there are few facilities for hanging up our work, as it is forbidden to hit nails into the walls of the historical building. But somehow we manage by improvising: arranging our works in window frames, underneath timber beams, at the edge of protruding wall stones and on the wooden doors encasing the clockwork. At night we light candles to illuminate our artworks. The natural light and warmth of the candles creates a special and beautiful atmosphere inside this unique location. After three days at the tower none of the pieces would feel quite the same. Amidst cobwebs and dust centuries old they become charged with the special vibes of the place.

The following day we are greeted with storm and hail whilst the sun keeps on shining, creating a twilight mood, which again reminds me of the imagery on the tarot tower card…

Below is the view from the tower’s entrance towards the churchyard with its old gravestones. Rooted directly in front of the tower is a beautiful majestic tree, looking all the more dramatic against the scenery in the sky formed by dark clouds, sunshine and hail. Beneath, see also a sandstone relief mounted at the left side of the tower’s entrance, showing three skulls with triple crossed bones, hourglass and dragon wings – a memento mori, representing mortality, evanescence and resurrection.

Saturday is full-packed with talks, meditations and musical performances. On top of a busy schedule, Andrea, the organizer herself continues feeling (and looking) ill, despite hoping for recovery until the very last minute. As she can not attend her own talk, she asks me to jump in. Suddenly I find myself in the unexpected situation of having to talk in front of a foreign audience, in a foreign language, who are expecting in depth info and insights about the very location of this event, St. Augustine’s. Instead I fill the spot with talk about memes, the symbolism of plants and drawing, handing around my sigil cards for inspired conversation. Somehow we manage and my Sigilla Magica gain the attention of the audience.

Saturday evening ends with a jam session by Roberto Migliussi (vocals), Chris Chibnall (theremin), Gavin Semple (guitar), Mark O Pilkington, Glen Tomney and Freya Black (magic flute). The tower provides amazing acoustics and so we sit there, chatting and listening to the wondrous vibrations.

On the last day it is time to pack and leave. We say goodbye, exchange contacts and return to our homes. Some people I meet throughout the event, are probably of high relevance within the London/UK esoteric scene. But my mind is already overwhelmed with new impressions and my journey is not over yet, as I am invited to check out two esoteric book stores. I need to catch my flight though and so there is only time left for one. We check out Watkins Books, recommended by Roberto Migliussi. I am impressed by the beauty of the place as well as the sheer amount of esoteric books on the shelves. I don’t think something similar exists in Germany. Roberto also purchases the very first of my sigil card sets and simultaneously entrusts me with the task of coming up with a better packaging for them.

Back in Dresden, I set to work.

MAGICAL ART/E circular tower event, London

20 Mar

I will be attending and participating in the London MAGICAL ART/E, a circular tower of an event this weekend. The happening takes place at St. Augustine’s tower, Hackney, London, providing a unique location for performances and exhibitions. Coming with me are 20 photo prints from the Listen to the Silence series as well as prints of my drawings and abstract sigil art. Below is a photo of the tower.

Motto for the Poisoner

28 Jul

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Motto for the Poisoner

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Motto Labels for Poison Seed Boxes

The motif was drawn with pencil, scanned, edited and printed on strong laid paper. It is to adorn the next row of Poison Seed Boxes available via Teufelskunst. The paper is by Buchbinderei Dresden.

Letter from the Queen

3 Jul

BIS Letter

Well almost…

Today in the mail a letter from the British Iris Society (BIS), who were so kind to send me their last share of Iris attica seeds. Iris attica is a type of dwarf bearded iris native to Greece. It is mentioned as agallis in the Bouquet of Persephonê.

The seeds are needed for a project I have been working on during the past months together with Melitta Benu. Melitta contacted me while back with the plan to build a seed box for the goddess Persephonê (read more about my seed boxes here). So she was gathering info and sources on flowers, herbs and trees attributed to the semi-chthonian deity, whilst my job was to collect the respective seeds (and bulbs) as well as designing and constructing the box. With the seeds arrived now also the last missing link to be added to that box.

Iris seeds

If you are interested in irises, grow your own or seek to learn more about them you may contact the British Iris Society. More info can be found on their website.

My ‘sigil’ for the Iris:

Iris Seal

Tattoo Design

11 Jan

tattoo

Lily of the Valley, Sigil Design as Tattoo (photo by the client)

For custom designs and illustration contact me at design@teufelskunst.com

Symbol

9 Jan

sun-seal

This symbol is used on my sun incense blends and is also pyrographed on a walnut wooden pendant (the walnut being a sun tree). The symbol is an altered version of the planetary symbol for the sun (a closed circle with a dot in the center). By breaking the closed circle and turning it into a coil, it emphasizes an active and dynamic principle as opposed to a passive state or ‘perfection’. The shape is inspired by solar flares. The coil can also standard for the inner flame. It also resembles the number 6 (kabbalistic number of the sun). If turned upside down it becomes a crowned number nine. Seen anti-clockwise, it stands for involution/ revolution/ return to a primal state – or the centering and focusing of the mind in meditation. Seen clock-wise, it would stand for evolution/ development/ progressing to a higher state – or the expression of one’s inner thoughts and impulses.

Our sun is going through an interesting period, which affects the entire planetary system.

Gray Skull-Candle

6 Jan

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Gray Skull-Candle

Sold via www.teufelskunst.com

Welcome 2013

5 Jan

Broken Skulls

The first skull-candle I cast this year broke…. I take this as a (good) sign.

Now here is a pic of all the broken skulls left from previous casts.

Happy New Year everyone!

Sun Incense

4 Jan

…it’s selling fast:

www.teufelskunst.com/herbs-incense/incense

(Photos me)

Also I have been asked by two bands to compose stage incense for their shows. More on this coming soon…

Sigil Designs

18 Dec

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Plant Inspired Seals for Teufelskunst