San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
trans- prefix meaning: across, beyond, through, on the other side of, to go beyond
state: a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time
An unabashed play on words, a trans- state is, among other things, a coincidentia oppositorum.An alchemical wedding that defines the fixed place, where boundaries are actively transgressed. In many ways, this very undertaking is where the role of the magician, mystic and artist collide. Down at the crossroads, where possibilities are collapsed into actualities, by the wondrous act of a conscious decision: there lies the place of suffering and surrender; of realisation and redemption.
This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.
We are pleased to announce that we already have three very exciting keynote speakers confirmed.
- Alan Moore – World-renowned author and artist (titles include Promethea, Lost Girls,League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and co-authorship of the upcoming The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic)
- Dr Richard Kaczynksi – Author and research affiliate, Yale University. Dr Kaczynksi is an expert in social psychology, metaphysical beliefs and new religious movements, and is widely known for his biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley.
- Dr Marco Pasi – Associate Professor in the History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Dr Pasi is the general editor of the Aries Book Series (Brill), board member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) and an expert in modern esotericism and art.
Further speakers, performers and artists will be announced on our website: www.trans-states.org