Between the real and its representation is an unseen world that photographer Shannon Taggart has learned to capture with her camera. Shannon and I corresponded over email about her work, the new book, and how sometimes the most authentic experiences are those that inhabit the liminal.
Ever since his youth William Burroughs had been intrigued by magic and the occult, reading the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead and Eliphas Levi’s History of Magic while he was at Harvard. Evidently, with his return from the Old World to the New, he had not left such interests behind.
Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with God, the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for outputting the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eyewitness. That is why visionary art matters.
The desire to find a higher purpose is the same desire that draws people to join cults. If an
individual is more inclined to lead than to follow, he can start his own
following. Although Strieber's case is extreme, it is also typical. Patterns laid down in childhood by
trauma and neglect lurk beneath all such pursuits, spiritual, political,
artistic, sexual, or financial.
Amsterdam-based artist Dadara celebrates this year of radical change with the latest project from Exchanghibition Bank: a "2012" note that blurs the distinction between fine art and finance, banking and theatrical ritual.
The psychedelic philosopher and mushroom advocate Terence McKenna sometimes seriously and sometimes playfully predicted that a transformative event for planetary consciousness would happen on December 21, 2012. In Spring 1999, not long before his untimely passing, McKenna discussed his pathbreaking ideas with Erik Davis for this now-legendary article for Wired.