Orchid and the Metal: Walking, talking and sharing London's hidden occult histories

11 June 2017


Venue: The Education Room, Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ

Organiser: Elizabeth Kane and Jules Varnedoe

Elizabeth Kane is an artist and writer living and working in London. Using research and writing as a space for initiating collaborative and performative projects she is interested in how interdisciplinary practice expands the context of written work. criticalwriting.rca.ac.uk/author/elizabeth-kanerca-ac-uk Jules Varnedoe is a research based artist working between Cornwall and London, UK. julesvarnedoe.com

From the early sigils of Austin Osman Spare, to the birth of Chaos Magick in Deptford Squats, or the work of Genesis P-Orridge and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth in London Fields, there are rich and hidden histories of occult practices scattered across South/East London. We will be walking through some sites that bore witness to these histories, telling stories and sharing research and ideas as we wander. In the evening we will gather at Chisenhale Studios where we will be screening films and holding an informal conversation and reflection on the walk, it’s themes, and the spaces we have passed through.

We explicitly reject pedagogic hierarchies - while we acknowledge that we have planned the route and will be sharing our research and thoughts, we actively encourage all participants, and anyone with knowledge or interest in these histories or ideas to contribute to the day. This may be done by getting in touch beforehand (see email address below) or simply turning up on the day and speaking or sharing.