Rational (Working Statement):
“Ritual as an Art form”: Artist, Designers and Writers all have some rituals when working on their own pieces and projects and so this Project is the focus on that Ritual and the Foundations of our Working Practises.
Details and Content:
Taking inspiration from artist work such as Heather Hansen’s “Empty Gestures” (2013), Bohyun Yoon’s “Merge” (2004), AA Bronson’s “Invocation of the Queer Spirit” (2008-2012), Ryan Brewer’s “Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra)” (2010-2011), Trisha Brown’s “Revolution” (2006) and Jody Jock’s “10 ov Swords” (2011-2012).
We are presenting to you the First of the CABAL Projects: Ritual. This Project is aimed to focus you back to the foundations of Ritual work and how we can create ritual work through a range of materials and methods. You can submit as much work as you want in any given material. This work can be a new creation or an earlier piece of work as long as that work fulfils the project criteria.
We are opening this Project up to several criteria:
· Ritual Construction: Work undertaken during ritual.
Examples of this are a work of stream-of-consciousness style creative non-fiction such as “Conjurers”. An Object created using ritual methods such as Heather Hansen’s “Empty Gestures” (2013), or a Painting, Automatic Drawing, or Sculpture that has achieved construction during a working Ritual or Ritual practises
· Ritual Action: Performance Art of Ritual.
An Example of these criteria is the performance Ritual and the Documentation of Ryan Brewer’s “Post-Paradise” (Black Lodge Sweat), (2013). Documentation of Meditation and Path working practices in conjunction with Ritual work. The documentation of said Ritual Action can be submitted in the form of Video, Audio or Image.
· The Focus: Work targeted on a Result
This is work that embodies the pure focus and intent of the actions of Ritual. Examples can be taken from Austin Osman Spare, His work in Sigil construction. Another example is the work of Hollie Anderson and her “Totems for Scared Children”, and the Hokō style figure.
· Pure Ritual: The Essence of Ritual
This work is that which has the essence of Pure Ritualism and the practices of the Artist. Examples of these criteria are taken from AA Bronson’s “Invocation of the Queer Spirit” (2008-2012), Ryan Brewer’s “Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra) (2010-2011).
Our Mantra for this Project: Ritual is “Don’t just make Art be Art”, be the Ritual Action, Construction, Focus and Purity of your work and Ritual.
Project Submission Guidelines and Copyright information can be found on the Blog. We regret that we won’t be accepting: recipes for rituals/ spell work. How-to manual of the occult are not Art or Culture and don’t fulfil the above Criteria. Please provide your contact details so that we may keep in contact in regards the hosting of your work.
Enjoy, and we here at the CABAL Project hope to see your work in the coming months.
-David M. Johnson (Creative Director)
Deadline: 02/02/14. This is not a strict Deadline and piece that are Submitted early will be Hosted on the Blog soon after Submission.