Conjuring Creativity . Art & the Esoteric in Theory and Practice 2018

Art & the Esoteric in theory and practice
Academic symposium and artistic event

A two-day conference comprising lectures, workshops, sound/music performance, film and other artworks.

The main aims of the conference were to both highlight and introduce a contemporary discourse around the disciplines of esoteric/magic related art throughout history and to bring into the frame contemporary artistic practice which either encompasses the esoteric or uses art as a vehicle within magical practice.


Dr. Victoria Ferentinou (University of Ioannina, Greece) on women surrealists and magic
Dr. Tessel Bauduin (University of Amsterdam) on Hilma af Klint as mediumistic artist – and woman
Dr. Christian Giudice (London, UK/University of Gothenburg) on Kenneth Anger and film as magical ritual
Dr. Henrik Johnsson (University of Tromsø, Norway) on August Strindberg’s occult art practice
Dr. Per Faxneld (Södertörn University, Stockholm) on Scandinavian fin-de-siècle art and occultism
Dr. Kasper Opstrup (University of Copenhagen) on the occult imaginary in times of crisis.
Dr. Per Johansson – The Cloud of Unknowing, conversation with artist Madeleine Hatz on the medieval esoteric text.

Artists and Performers
Carl Abrahamsson
Madeleine Aleman ‘Giving Voice to the Hall’
Christine Ödlund
Den Arkaiska Rösten
Ectoplasm Girls (Tanya & Nadine Byrne)
Kristian Olsson
Leif Elggren
Marja Leena Sillanpää
Madeleine Hatz: The cloud of Unknowing with Per Johansson
Dr. Vanessa Sinclair
Antti Litmanen – HYPOGEUM

This event was held at FYLKINGEN in Stockholm

About the venue: Fylkingen, a venue and forum for avantgarde art, electro-acoustic and experimental music since 1933 (making it the world’s oldest forum of its kind), is located in an old 19th-century brewery in the hip Stockholm neighbourhood Södermalm. Earlier Fylkingen events have included performances by greats like John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Eno, Genesis P-Orridge, and many more.