Following a theatrical run at ICA, Unsound, CTM and SF Doc Fest, Boiler Room presents the online premiere of Bight of the Twin, a new arthouse film starring counter-cultural icon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (merci Pierre-Luc) :


Bight of the Twin (2016) by HAZEL HILL McCARTHY III

Bight of the Twin
Hazel Hill McCarthy III, 2016, USA, 55 min


“Serial transgressor Genesis Breyer
P-Orridge travels to Benin, Africa, to explore voodoo twin cults and dark mysticism”

Bight of the Twin tells the story of musician and artist Genesis’ journey to Ouidah in Benin to explore the origins of the Vodoun (Voodoo) religion. Transcending assumptions of what it means to be “gendered,” Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and h/er late wife Lady Jaye underwent a series of surgical procedures to become physically identical to one another, seeking to perfect a gender-neutral state through a process they termed ‘pandrogyny’.


In Benin, which has the highest national average of twins per birth in the world, twins carry sacred meaning and are venerated as gods. When one sibling passes away, the remaining twin remembers their lost other by carrying around a small, carved replica of their dead brother or sister.


Beginning as an investigation, the nature of the project changes drastically when Genesis is serendipitously initiated into the ‘Twin Fetish’ – a practice within Vodoun that honors twins by activating a dead twin’s spirit in order to allow for the living one to remain connected with the one who has passed. Through a series of sacrifices and ceremonies, Genesis reaffirms an eternal bond with h/er late wife Lady Jaye: a deeply interdimensional connection of Western civilization and African ritual.


Ultimately, during shooting the nature of the film changed from simply being a catalyst for audiences to gain a wider understanding and acceptance of Vodoun, to being itself, Vodoun—an object that has been activated by creation.


bightofthetwin.com


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Bight of the Twin (2014) by HAZEL HILL McCARTHY III (July 1, 2014)


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Could it be magick? The occult returns to the art world (July 1, 2016)
First Transmission (1982) by PSYCHIC TV (January 7, 2015)
Les yeux de GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE présentés à La Centrale (October 1, 2012)
La bible psychique de GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE (December 7, 2010)
‘Thee Psychick Bible’ A New Testameant By GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE (October 27, 2009)

Ruins Rider is part of an ongoing archeology project involving extensive research in lost civilisations


Ruins Rider (2017) by PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT

Upcoming screenings of raw energy :


  • Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal, Canada)
    19, 20, 25 & 27 September 2017
  • Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (Harstad, Norway)
    19-22 October 2017
  • Forma Free Music Impulse Festival di Arti Elettroniche (Udine, Italy)
    program w/ Ryoji Ikeda, Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine, etc.
    2-4 November 2017



Ruins Rider
Directed by PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT. Original music by MARC HURTADO.
2017 / 49 minutes



Filmed in the lost territories of the Balkans, Ruins Rider portrays the secret ruins that triggered trances over the past centuries. Using an array of hypnotic pulsating flickers, filmmaker PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT conceived an explosive kinetic experience. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack by MARC HURTADO of the cult project Étant Donnés, Ruins Rider is a visceral experience of hypnagogic archeology and raw energy.



Ruins Rider (2016) de PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT

Ruins Rider (2016) de PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT

Images tirées de Ruins Rider (2016) de PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT



“Remarkable, invigorating and immersive work. A deeply committed and brilliantly hypnotic film. Powerful.”
– ALCHEMY FILM & MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL


“Ruins Rider is marked as the most powerful of the films that I have seen. It’s a real subject explored with great energy using the new art of the computer to great effect and viscerally stimulating. There is history and ideas and technological wizardry.”
– FILMMAKER, WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER TIMOTHY NEAT


“For Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt this is an attempt to inject a convulsive barbarization, or a self-barbarization as Alain Brossat calls it, into the anesthetized social body in order to jolt it with a reviving electroshock.”
– ESSE ARTS + OPINIONS


“Mover-and-shaker Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt treated us to a night of his curated film showings at San Francisco Cinematheque. His goal is to “push the envelope” and we think he succeeded!”
– RE/SEARCH PUBLICATIONS. V. VALE


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MMXVI (December 31, 2016)
Alban Eifed, Cornucopia, Feast of Kyriat, Festival of Dionysus, Équinoxe d’Automne MMXVI (September 22, 2016)

Wishlist Nativité 2017 :



Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897



El Graal (1893) ROGELIO DE EGUSQUIZA

El Graal (1893) ROGELIO DE EGUSQUIZA




The Death of Orpheus (1893) JEAN DELVILLE




Orpheus in Hades (1897) PIERRE-AMÉDÉE MARCEL BÉRONNEAU



Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897

Edited by Vivien Greene
Contributions by Greene, Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond, and Kenneth E. Silver, as well as Ylinka Barotto, Caroline Guignard, Alison Hokanson, Natalia Lauricella, and Glynnis Stevenson


Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 accompanies the first-ever museum presentation examining the Salon de la Rose+Croix (R+C), a series of annual exhibitions established by eccentric French author, critic, and Rosicrucian Joséphin Péladan. The R+C convened an international group of Symbolist artists around a shared refutation of Realist aesthetics and philosophy, frequently in favor of the Ideal. Among the participants were Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff, Charles Maurin, Armand Point, Alexandre Séon, and Félix Vallotton.


Bound in red velvet with gold stamped lettering to conjure the sensorially evocative atmosphere of the Salons, the catalogue features essays about the history, themes, and often transcendent aims of the R+C (Greene), its reception by the press and the public in the 1890s (Jumeau-Lafond), and the importance of spiritualism to early 20th-century abstraction (Silver). This richly illustrated volume also contains 46 color plates, entries on each exhibited artist, and a bibliography of contemporary sources on Symbolist art.


DETAILS


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Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 - NEW YORKSOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897
June 30 – October 4, 2017
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


DETAILS


Daughter of Horror
John Parker, 1955, USA, 58 min



“Daughter of Horror” (also known in a slightly altered version as “Dementia”) is an American film by JOHN PARKER, incorporating elements of the horror film, film noir and expressionist film. It was produced in 1953, but not released until 1955.


A young woman awakens from a nightmare in a run down hotel. She leaves the building and wanders through the night, passing a newspaper man. The news headline “Mysterious stabbing” catches her eye, and she quickly leaves. In a dark alley, a whino approaches and grabs her. A policeman rescues her and beats up the drunken man. Shortly later, another man approaches her and talks her into escorting a rich man in a limousine. While they cruise the night, she remembers her unhappy youth with an abusive father, whom she stabbed to death with a switchblade after he had killed her unfaithful mother. The rich man takes her to various clubs and then to her noble apartment. As he ignores her while having an extensive meal, she tries to tempt him.


When he advances her, she stabs him with her knife and pushes the dying man out of the window. Before his fall, he grabs her pendant. The woman runs down onto the street and, as the dead man’s hand won’t relieve her pendant, cuts off the hand while being watched by faceless passerby’s. Again, the patrol policeman shows up and follows her. She flees and hides the hand in a flower girl’s basket. The pimp shows up again and drags her into a night club, where an excited audience watches a jazz band playing. The policeman enters the club, while the rich man, lying at the window, points out his murderess with his bloody stump. The crowd encircles the woman, laughing frantically. The woman wakes up in her hotel room, her encounters have supposedly been a nightmare. In one of her drawers, she discovers her pendant, clutched by the fingers of a severed hand. The camera leaves the hotel room and moves out into the streets, while a desperate cry can be heard.


Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Daughter of Horror (1955) by JOHN PARKER

Première québécoise présentée ce soir dans le cadre du Festival Fantasia :



Deliver Us
Federica Di Giacomo, Italie, 2016, 90 min



Alors qu’il arrose nonchalamment de l’eau bénite sur une femme, un prêtre italien se livre à un rituel qui semble tout à fait ordinaire. Silencieuse dans un premier temps, elle tremble un peu. À la seconde où il pose sa main sur sa tête, elle éclate en sanglots, poussant un hurlement enragé comme si elle brûlait vive. Sa voix résonne sur les murs froids de l’église. « Laisse-moi tranquille, salaud! Elle est à moi! » Son timbre aigu se transforme par moments en une intonation plus gutturale. Son démon interne se dévoile. Le prêtre reste calme. Il a exécuté ce genre d’exorcisme banal bien des fois avant.


Frederica di Giacomo est la première réalisatrice à s’intéresser à la pratique de véritables exorcismes en Italie. Sans la démystifier, elle la replace dans un contexte de tous les jours. Elle suit de très près plusieurs sujets dans leur état le plus vulnérable, exagérant parfois, perdant parfois réellement l’esprit. Sa caméra est respectueuse, et avec une lumière naturelle, elle peint leurs portraits avec une grande sincérité. Certains ont des problèmes insignifiants, d’autres portent le lourd poids d’une vie entière d’abus et de violence; tous sont attirés par un remède religieux qui pourtant semblerait pouvoir les blesser bien plus.


Où la frontière entre la maladie mentale et l’horreur surnaturelle peut-elle être tracée? Sommes-nous face à des autopossessions, des manipulations de l’Église pour mieux contrôler ses partisans, ou un démon d’un autre monde? Comme JESUS CAMP avant lui, DELIVER US révèle la véritable horreur de la foi déviante et poussée à l’extrême et, plus encore, explore la dualité entre anciennes traditions et dépression moderne. Le fameux EXORCISTE de Friedkin n’est qu’une fiction — DELIVERS US est réel et bien plus étrange. – Celia Pouzet


Deliver Us (2016) de FEDERICA DI GIACOMO


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Décès de l’exorciste du Vatican GABRIELE AMORTH (September 19, 2016)
Des appels pour des cas d’exorcisme au diocèse de Montréal (October 31, 2014)
MAYHEM bassist to have evil spirits driven out of him on Norwegian National TV (August 9, 2011)
The Rite Of Exorcism (1974) by Rev. PATRICK J. BERKERY, Ph.D. (May 2, 2011)
Meet America’s Top Exorcist, The Inspiration For ‘The Rite’ (March 10, 2011)
New interest in exorcism rites comes to Baltimore (January 13, 2011)

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1603) by CARAVAGGIO

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1603) by CARAVAGGIO



The Shroud of Turin is stained with the blood of a torture victim, scientists have claimed.


Analysis of the linen cloth, purportedly used to bury Jesus after his crucifixion, contains “nanoparticles” of blood which are not typical of that of a healthy person, according to researchers.


Institute of Crystallography researcher Elvio Carlino, one of the authors of the report, said the particles are conducive with someone having been through “great suffering”.


“Our results point out that at the nanoscale a scenario of violence is recorded in the funeral fabric,” authors wrote in the scientific article, published in PLOS One.


“The consistent bound of ferritin iron to creatinine occurs in human organism in case of a severe polytrauma.”


Researchers believe the particles show a “peculiar structure, size and distribution”, which corroborates the theory that it was used as a burial cloth.


They also believe it contradicts previous theories that the shroud was made in medieval times.


Professor Giulio Fanti, one of the author’s of the research, said: “The presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud.”


The cloth’s authenticity is highly contentious and divides religious opinion.


Some Christians believe the fabric – which is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin – is the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazereth, dating back over 2,000 years.


But previous scientific studies have suggested the cloth, which appears to be imprinted with the face of a man, may in fact be from the 13th or 14th century – centuries after Jesus is believed to have died.


One study found the cloth had been manufactured in India.


The research was published in US scientific journal PlosOne and is titled: “New Biological Evidence from Atomic Resolution Studies on the Turin Shroud.”



Lucy Pasha-Robinson
The Independent


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Shroud of Turin on display for first time since 2002 restoration (April 22, 2010)


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Caesars Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to invent Jesus (2012) by FRITZ HEEDE & NIJOLE SPARKIS (February 13, 2015)

  • Raid at flat belonging to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
  • Occupant of flat was allegedly secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio
  • Coccopalmerio heads Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and is a key adviser to the Pope

Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been reported.


The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is in charge of tackling clerical sexual abuse.


Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is allegedly the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.


Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.


The explosive claims were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.



It is the latest scandal to hit the Vatican and comes after its finance chief Cardinal George Pell was charged with historical sexual offences.


Pell has protested his innocence and said he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two-year investigation, ‘leaks to the media’ and ‘relentless character assassination’. Police have not revealed details of the charges against the 76-year-old, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.


In March the Vatican was hit with a wave of lurid accusations of misbehaving priests across Italy with scandals involving orgies, prostitution and porn videos.


The claims were embarrassing to the Vatican, which under Pope Francis has attempted to demand high standards of the clergy.


Francis has tried to clamp down on unethical behaviour ever since being made Pope in 2013 and has often spoken out against the pitfalls of ‘temptation’.



Julian Robinson
The Daily Mail


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Italian Catholic priests ‘filmed having casual sex at gay clubs’ (July 26, 2010)

Liturgie Apocryphe

"The production of nervous force is directly connected with the diet of an individual, and its refining depends on the very purity of this diet, allied to appropriate breathing exercises.

The diet most calculated to act effectively on the nervous force is that which contains the least quantity of animal matter; therefore the Pythagorean diet, in this connection, is the most suitable.

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The main object was to avoid introducing into the organism what Descartes called 'animal spirits'. Thus, all animals that had to serve for the nourishment of the priests were slaughtered according to special rites, they were not murdered, as is the case nowadays".