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Computational Witchcraft in Willful Technologies

Last fall I had a show at AURA gallery in Seattle: Computational Witchcraft. Some of this work and the related meme warfare I create as part of my WitchScience practice is included in the new Danish publication Willful Technologies: Rage & Resilience edited by Madeline Balaam Lone Koefoed Hansen.

I am happy to share advanced images of the publication draft today because it is also one of the final openings of this particular life cycle of AURA gallery. Tonight Alexis Taylor presents Black Among Other Things, an installation that I described as functioning as the cover art for the mixtape of the sonic experience she created for the show. I’m excited to see what the audience tonight experiences! Seattle’s creative communities are stretched thin by the same forces that have contributed to gentrification and the homeless crisis. Rising rents, rising fascism, lack of affordable space, diminished press. It is beautiful to see moments where the resilience shines.

And I am grateful for my many creative friends in Scandinavia like Lone & Madeline who share how global some of our struggles are. I had the good fortune to be interviewed by Danish-Iranian editor, critic and activist Nazila Vida Roxana Ghavami Kivi last year for her research. Speaking with her and understanding her knowledge of a growing global community of cyborg witches about which I had no idea was truely inspiring.

You can follow AURA gallery and whatever it magically becomes in the future here.

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More Serenades for Science at the Grocery

I’ll be joining Gods of Silicon and Oh, Boy for More Serenades for Science at The Grocery this Friday, July 27th. I’ll be talking about my #meghantrainorwitchmemes project and why I think Isaac Newton can be classified as a swamp witch.

Serenades for Science is an evening of music and other artistic endeavors in appreciation of science. A refreshing tonic for times when the truth is surprisingly fragile. With Gods of Silicon (Jed Dunkerley and Jason Puccinelli), Oh, Boy (Kendal Tull-Esterbrook), and Meghan Elizabeth Trainor.

More info: http://thegrocerystudios.com/event/more-serenades-for-science/

Hedgewitch Portals in The Seattle Times
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Explore Seattle’s map of ‘high weirdness’: Ghost canoe, rumored troll, Hell Mouth — and more

Originally published June 27, 2018, The Seattle Times
By Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times staff reporter

 

excerpt:

The map also gives the locations of a number of alleged portals, such as the sculpture of a dragonfly in a West Seattle park, which is said to be a gateway to other dimensions on the hottest days of the year, and the Hedgewitch Portals, built at the Equinox Studios in Georgetown. The artistic installation features 100 pounds of moss, lichens, other botanical specimens and string models of Einstein-Rosenbridges, or wormholes.

The piece was intended to serve as a “vast meditation on gravity, electromagnetism, bog ecosystems and sigil-making rituals,” according to its creator, Meghan Elizabeth Trainor, an artist and digital strategist.

Trainor, who submitted the portals to the Liminal map, is herself a hedgewitch, typically working with plants in a solitary practice. In her work, she explores the intersection of art, magic, technology and science.

She said there are places in Seattle, perhaps even the entire region, that have “intense power to them.”

Recognizing those spaces communally, as the map seeks to do, is a “collective consecration of these spaces that have a different energy,” she said.

“I’m very excited about Liminal Seattle,” she said, “and I think it’s an important framing of how we live in this geographical space and engage with it along magical lines.”

Witancraeftlic at M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery
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Witancræftlic at M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery at Seattle Central College
Opening: Wednesday, January 9th, 5-7pm

Witancraeftlic inhabits a feverdream in which the use of electricity in folk healing predated the Age of Enlightenment and led to the burning of witches. The artworks act as historical and contemporary artifacts of a hidden witchcraft, referencing bog rituals, the Apollo Space Mission, and computational language. A place where the first witch bottles were leyden jars, sigils were expressed as circuits, and magical familiars became mechanized.

“By imaginatively inhabiting a timeline in which the science of robotics was never stolen from the witches, Trainor illuminates possibilities for a radical reassessment of our relationship to technology.”

-Emily Pothast

Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway #BE2116

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Evening Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5-7 PM 

Admission is free

"The mission of the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central College is to provide a formal venue for the Seattle Central community to experience the visual arts. The gallery emphasizes the display of student works and complements these with shows by professional local and regional artists as well as touring exhibits.

The gallery -- named for a former associate dean of humanities and social sciences -- typically presents nine exhibits throughout the academic year and one show during the summer quarter. Located across from the Atrium cafeteria in the main building of the college, the gallery can be accessed via the entrance at 1701 Broadway Avenue, near Pine Street in Capitol Hill.

Serving the Seattle Central community since 1992, the gallery features displays that contribute toward the educational and cultural activity on campus. The gallery enhances the academic goals of the college by providing learning opportunities for entire classrooms of students that the conventional classroom cannot. Additionally, the gallery presents activities such as guest lectures and poetry readings that reflect, acknowledge, appreciate, promote, and serve the college's multicultural population.

The M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery targets the college population as its primary audience and source of support. It provides vital opportunities for Seattle Central's students in the visual arts to exhibit within a formal setting. Through the gallery, these emerging artists gain exposure and recognition of their work. Because the gallery is a department of Student Leadership, it receives funding through services and activities fees allocated by the Associated Student Council.

Within the community at large, the exhibitions and events of the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery communicate the strengths, achievements and vitality of the college to visitors from community organizations, local businesses, public schools, other higher educational institutions, and the arts community. The gallery has forged partnerships with community arts organizations, further strengthening Seattle Central's ties to the community.

An appreciation of art and art concepts is essential to cultural identity. Everyone can find inspiration in art, and the gallery is uniquely positioned to provide that connection. The M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery is committed to fostering multicultural awareness and providing programming that reflects the diversity of the student population at Seattle Central."