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Computational Witchcraft

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Computational Witchcraft // AURA

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor, Computational Witchcraft
Opens September 21st, 2018 at AURA Gallery in Seattle
Event info

"This new work from from multimedia artist and digital hedgewitch Meghan Elizabeth Trainor starts from the hypothesis that the burning of witches was an attempt to eradicate a body of occult technological knowledge that predates the Age of Enlightenment. 

At the center of this exhibition is a prototype for a robotic familiar, an artifact of centuries-old craft, made using simple circuits, bone, plant fibers, and other materials which could have been used in early electronic rituals of folk magic and healing. 

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

 Gilding a Leyden Jar

Gilding a Leyden Jar

 
 
 creating sigils with conductive rosemary ash ink

creating sigils with conductive rosemary ash ink

 "a prototype for a robotic familiar"

"a prototype for a robotic familiar"