MY LIFE IN A GHOSTLY BUSH

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This is a journal a diary about the films & TV shows I watch, the books I read, the shows I see, the music I listen to, the artistic work I do and the obsessions I have - current obsessions include Meiko Kaji, Miki Sugimoto, Pinky Violence and Exploitation/Grindhouse cinema. My long standing obsessions are magic and the occult, theatre, performance, films, music, martial arts. I have a long term problem with depression and addiction, so some posts are dedicated to dealing with that. Mostly not my own stuff but some is, if you want credit or want it removed do the usual...Tumblr conversation is appreciated. for my darker side and my obsession with the world of exploitation http://chaotopian.tumblr.com/

Lady Vendredi at Latitude festival

— 2 days ago
#my work  #events  #Lady Vendredi 
Excellent event - I was surprised considering the general idiotic nature of those involved in esoterics, this was high fucking quality.
The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon presents:Voudon: Art, Uprising & Gnosis2pm-7pm, Saturday, 5th July, 2014 (1:30pm for a 2pm start)The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London WC1N3ALhttp://voudon.wordpress.com/Ticket sales IN ADVANCE only – via:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voudon-art-uprising-gnosis-rhythm-tickets-878057293Presenters/performers include:David Beth The Gnostic Science of Esoteric Voudon: Cosmos, Deity and Gnosis in the Work of a Voudon Secret SocietyIn this presentation David Beth, offers a rare glimpse into the Metaphysics and Modus Operandi of an initiatic Voudon Secret Society. Unique teachings on the soul, the esoteric dimensions of the cosmos and its primordial deities, form a powerful and complex system of Voudon; providing its adepts with the keys to attain magical powers, creative freedom and Gnostic liberation. Elaborating on these, and other central themes, the speaker takes us through some of the most hidden realms of Inner Voudon.David Beth is an internationally respected spiritual and esoteric teacher. Born to German parents in Angola, Africa he has been initiated into several lineages of Afro-centric Gnosis, as well as Western forms of Esotericism. Amongst other accolades, David Beth is the founder of La Société Voudon Gnostique, a selective group of initiates and artists dedicated to manifesting the more powerful, inner revelations and transmissions of the Gods of Esoteric Voudon. SVG aims to push evolution and research of Voudon freely beyond all frontiers of orthodoxy. David has authored a range of authoritative books and essays on Voudon and related topics. He has recently established the esoteric publishing house: Theion Publishing. University educated in Germany and the USA, David has travelled and lived all over the world from Nigeria to Hamburg and Los Angeles to London, studying and teaching spiritual and esoteric systems for over two decades. David currently lives and works between Europe and Jets to BrazilJohn Cussans Voudon and the Haitian RevolutionJohn Cussans discusses the role of Vodou in anti-colonial struggles in Saint-Domingue/Haiti such as the famous Bwa Kayiman ceremony that inaugurated the Haitian Revolution and in resistance struggles against the USA occupation from 1915 to 1934. Attention is paid to the particular loa associated with these struggles and the colonial authority’s responses to them. John Cussans is an artist, writer and independent researcher whose current work examines misrepresentations of Haitian Vodou in popular culture, its association with moral panics within the mass media and its role in anti-colonial struggles. In 2009 and 2011 John participated in the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince and continues to work with the Ti Moun Rezistans artists’ community there. He is currently a visiting research fellow in the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths College. Leah Gordon Vodou and Art: a Border CultureLeah Gordon explores the multifarious links between Vodou and art in both Haiti’s rich art history and contemporary practice. Leah will discuss the use of image and artifact within Vodou ritual and the often-interchangeable role of artist and Houngan (Vodou priest). To conclude Gordon will explore the liminal space that contemporary artists currently inhabit whilst trying to negotiate their ancestral histories and cultural antecedents within a contemporary art market, which still has a conflicted relationship toward ethnographic and ritual objectsLeah Gordon is an artist, curator and writer who explores the boundaries between post-colonialism, religion, folk history and art. Her practice investigates the ruptures between Haiti and Britain’s intervolved histories and cosmologies. Leah’s work has been exhibited internationally including in the National Portrait Gallery, UK, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Dakar Biennale. Leah Gordon co-curated ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Vodou’ at the Nottingham Contemporary, was the adjunct curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale and was on the curatorial team of ‘In Extremis: Death & Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles and the Musee de la Civilisation, in Quebec City. Gabriel TosoDrapo Vodou: Sacred Flags of HaitiIn this lecture Gabriel Toso presents his research on Vodou flags or Drapó Vodou, an essential element and integral part of Vodou ceremonies. Traditionally made of sequins or beads in the oum’phor (temple) by the houn’gan (priest), they are intrinsically connected with the lwa they represent and are therefore considered powerful magical tools. The Drapó incorporates African elements, Catholic imagery and Masonic symbols becoming a reflection of the unique syncretic nature of Vodou itself. The lecture focuses on the flags’ forgotten African origins, their key ritualistic use and multifaceted iconography. Due to their visual appeal and the strong interest from Museums and art collectors on both sides of the Atlantic, Gabriel also explores their inevitable transformation from sacred objects to art objects.Gabriel Toso is an art historian born in Venice by Italian-French parents. He now lives in London where he works in the art market and he is collaborating with the Learning, Volunteers and Audiences department at the British Museum. Having traveled in Haiti, he has developed a strong passion for Haitian culture and a keen interest in Vodou and ‘Vodou sacred art’. He is currently researching the place and role of the LGBT community in the Vodou religion.

Excellent event - I was surprised considering the general idiotic nature of those involved in esoterics, this was high fucking quality.

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon presents:

Voudon: Art, Uprising & Gnosis

2pm-7pm, Saturday, 5th July, 2014 (1:30pm for a 2pm start)

The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London WC1N3AL
http://voudon.wordpress.com/

Ticket sales IN ADVANCE only – via:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voudon-art-uprising-gnosis-rhythm-tickets-878057293


Presenters/performers include:

David Beth 

The Gnostic Science of Esoteric Voudon: Cosmos, Deity and Gnosis in the Work of a Voudon Secret Society

In this presentation David Beth, offers a rare glimpse into the Metaphysics and Modus Operandi of an initiatic Voudon Secret Society. Unique teachings on the soul, the esoteric dimensions of the cosmos and its primordial deities, form a powerful and complex system of Voudon; providing its adepts with the keys to attain magical powers, creative freedom and Gnostic liberation. Elaborating on these, and other central themes, the speaker takes us through some of the most hidden realms of Inner Voudon.

David Beth is an internationally respected spiritual and esoteric teacher. Born to German parents in Angola, Africa he has been initiated into several lineages of Afro-centric Gnosis, as well as Western forms of Esotericism. Amongst other accolades, David Beth is the founder of La Société Voudon Gnostique, a selective group of initiates and artists dedicated to manifesting the more powerful, inner revelations and transmissions of the Gods of Esoteric Voudon. SVG aims to push evolution and research of Voudon freely beyond all frontiers of orthodoxy. David has authored a range of authoritative books and essays on Voudon and related topics. He has recently established the esoteric publishing house: Theion Publishing. University educated in Germany and the USA, David has travelled and lived all over the world from Nigeria to Hamburg and Los Angeles to London, studying and teaching spiritual and esoteric systems for over two decades. David currently lives and works between Europe and Jets to Brazil

John Cussans 

Voudon and the Haitian Revolution

John Cussans discusses the role of Vodou in anti-colonial struggles in Saint-Domingue/Haiti such as the famous Bwa Kayiman ceremony that inaugurated the Haitian Revolution and in resistance struggles against the USA occupation from 1915 to 1934. Attention is paid to the particular loa associated with these struggles and the colonial authority’s responses to them. 

John Cussans is an artist, writer and independent researcher whose current work examines misrepresentations of Haitian Vodou in popular culture, its association with moral panics within the mass media and its role in anti-colonial struggles. In 2009 and 2011 John participated in the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince and continues to work with the Ti Moun Rezistans artists’ community there. He is currently a visiting research fellow in the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths College. 

Leah Gordon 

Vodou and Art: a Border Culture

Leah Gordon explores the multifarious links between Vodou and art in both Haiti’s rich art history and contemporary practice. Leah will discuss the use of image and artifact within Vodou ritual and the often-interchangeable role of artist and Houngan (Vodou priest). To conclude Gordon will explore the liminal space that contemporary artists currently inhabit whilst trying to negotiate their ancestral histories and cultural antecedents within a contemporary art market, which still has a conflicted relationship toward ethnographic and ritual objects

Leah Gordon is an artist, curator and writer who explores the boundaries between post-colonialism, religion, folk history and art. Her practice investigates the ruptures between Haiti and Britain’s intervolved histories and cosmologies. Leah’s work has been exhibited internationally including in the National Portrait Gallery, UK, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Dakar Biennale. Leah Gordon co-curated ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Vodou’ at the Nottingham Contemporary, was the adjunct curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale and was on the curatorial team of ‘In Extremis: Death & Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles and the Musee de la Civilisation, in Quebec City. 

Gabriel Toso

Drapo Vodou: Sacred Flags of Haiti

In this lecture Gabriel Toso presents his research on Vodou flags or Drapó Vodou, an essential element and integral part of Vodou ceremonies. Traditionally made of sequins or beads in the oum’phor (temple) by the houn’gan (priest), they are intrinsically connected with the lwa they represent and are therefore considered powerful magical tools. The Drapó incorporates African elements, Catholic imagery and Masonic symbols becoming a reflection of the unique syncretic nature of Vodou itself. The lecture focuses on the flags’ forgotten African origins, their key ritualistic use and multifaceted iconography. Due to their visual appeal and the strong interest from Museums and art collectors on both sides of the Atlantic, Gabriel also explores their inevitable transformation from sacred objects to art objects.

Gabriel Toso is an art historian born in Venice by Italian-French parents. He now lives in London where he works in the art market and he is collaborating with the Learning, Volunteers and Audiences department at the British Museum. Having traveled in Haiti, he has developed a strong passion for Haitian culture and a keen interest in Vodou and ‘Vodou sacred art’. He is currently researching the place and role of the LGBT community in the Vodou religion.

— 2 weeks ago
#events  #talks  #vodou  #haiti 
saw it July 5 at the Young Vic - it was pretty good

saw it July 5 at the Young Vic - it was pretty good

— 2 weeks ago
#theatre  #peter brook  #the valley of astonishment  #kathryn hunter 
I’ve been attending meetings, I must admit I struggle with the 12 step approach - people are not honest in meetings (or at least it is very rare), there is too much jargoneering to the point where people may as well ahve not said anything at all, some of the meetings are so cliquey that it is always the same people sharing. On the hand it is has helped me to help myself!

I’ve been attending meetings, I must admit I struggle with the 12 step approach - people are not honest in meetings (or at least it is very rare), there is too much jargoneering to the point where people may as well ahve not said anything at all, some of the meetings are so cliquey that it is always the same people sharing. On the hand it is has helped me to help myself!

— 3 weeks ago
#SLAA  #self-help 

R&D project I did with North East compant State of Grace

http://www.stateofgracenortheast.co.uk/

— 3 weeks ago
#my work  #theatre  #stateofgracenortheast 
Haitian afternoon, great film about a pig, A Pig’s Tale by Leah Gordon 
http://vimeo.com/56612439

Haitian afternoon, great film about a pig, A Pig’s Tale by Leah Gordon 

http://vimeo.com/56612439

— 3 weeks ago
#Haiti  #events  #films  #Leah Gordon  #a pigs tale 
I was there  - had to do a runner or things might have got awkward with AH

I was there  - had to do a runner or things might have got awkward with AH

— 3 weeks ago
#art 
Saw Zendeh at Oval House do their show Heart - lovely show June 5 2014

Saw Zendeh at Oval House do their show Heart - lovely show June 5 2014

— 3 weeks ago
#theatre  #zendeh 
Development of Bitterness by SoundBoxedCollective @ Theatre Delicatessan 30/5/14

Development of Bitterness by SoundBoxedCollective @ Theatre Delicatessan 30/5/14

— 3 weeks ago
#theatre 
Lady Vendredi performed at 
The State of Magick/The Magickal State
A two day conference and performance symposium at De Montfort University on 23 May 2014 http://newaktionist.panzen.net/call-for-papers-and-performances-the-state-of-magickthe-magickal-state/

Lady Vendredi performed at 

The State of Magick/The Magickal State

A two day conference and performance symposium at De Montfort University on 23 May 2014 http://newaktionist.panzen.net/call-for-papers-and-performances-the-state-of-magickthe-magickal-state/

— 3 weeks ago
#My work  #Lady Vendredi  #MAS productions 
Petition →

PETITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

In September 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic decided that all legal citizens whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were “persons in transit” will have their citizenship withdrawn. That directive was set into force retroactively for all people born after 1929 and thus deprives more than 200 000 Dominicans (most of them of Haitian descent) of their nationality. Being officially stateless, these people no longer have access to basic services, such as schools, health services, legal jobs, etc. for which official identification is required. Several international organizations and agencies, such as UNHCR, UNICEF and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, have declared that this decision by the government of the Dominican Republic does not conformto international obligations and is clearly a human rights violation.                                                            

— 4 weeks ago
#haiti  #dominican republic 
JISTIS POU YO (Justice for them) →

The government of the Dominican Republic has made all residents born after 1929 stateless, the majority are Haitian and they have been robbed of their homes, bank accounts and their national

— 4 weeks ago
#haiti  #dominican republic  #haitians