Satan’s Sabbath / Le diable est parmi nous
Jean Beaudin, Canada, 1972, 89 min
The story of a man, 2 women and an inescapable pact made with the Devil. Following a friend’s apparent suicide, Paul (Pilon) begins to believe that something strange is going on. Following a series of harrowing events, Paul finds himself at a Black Mass where the truth will finally be discovered.
Depuis les années 90, les artistes britanniques JAKE et DINOS CHAPMAN n’ont cessé d’explorer les dessous de l’humanité à travers la sculpture, la peinture, le cinéma, la musique et la littérature. Cette nouvelle exposition, organisée en collaboration avec les Serpentine Galleries de Londres nous invite à revisiter la culture de consommation, la morale et l’histoire de l’art à travers des œuvres empreintes d’horreur, d’irrévérence et d’humour noir. Construite à partir d’œuvres existantes encore jamais présentées et d’œuvres nouvelles, incluant des itérations récentes issues des sombres et complexes dioramas Hell, l’exposition Come and See, présentée à DHC/ART, constitue la toute première exposition solo majeure de JAKE et DINOS CHAPMAN en Amérique du Nord.
Jake & Dinos Chapman: Come and See
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VATICAN CITY — A darling of liberal Catholics and an advocate of inclusion and forgiveness, Pope Francis is hardly known for fire and brimstone.
Yet, in his words and deeds, the new pope is locked in an epic battle with the oldest enemy of God and creation: The Devil.
After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind unto damnation.
Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image as a supernatural entity with the forces of evil at his beck and call.
Last year, for instance, Francis laid hands on a man in a wheelchair who claimed to be possessed by demons, in what many saw as an impromptu act of cleansing. A few months later, he praised a group long viewed by some as the crazy uncles of the Roman Catholic Church — the International Association of Exorcists — for “helping people who suffer and are in need of liberation.”
“ ‘But Father, how old-fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century,’ ” Francis, quoting those who have noted his frequent mentions of the Devil, said last month while presiding over Mass at the Vatican’s chapel in St. Martha’s House. He warned those gathered on that chilly morning to be vigilant and not be fooled by the hidden face of Satan in the modern world. “Look out because the Devil is present,” he said.
Since its foundation, the church has taught the existence of the Devil. But in recent decades, progressive priests and bishops, particularly in the United States and Western Europe, have tended to couch Satan in more allegorical terms. Evil became less the wicked plan of the master of hell than the nasty byproduct of humanity’s free will. Even Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a lofty German theologian, often painted evil with a broad brush.
Enter the plain-talking first pope from Latin America, where mystical views of Satan still hold sway in broad areas of the region. During his time as cardinal of Buenos Aires before rising to the papacy, Francis was known for stark warnings against “the tempter” and “the father of lies.” Now, his focus on the Devil is raising eyebrows even within the normally unquestioning walls of Vatican City.
“Pope Francis never stops talking about the Devil; it’s constant,” said one senior bishop in Vatican City who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely. “Had Pope Benedict done this, the media would have clobbered him.”
Yet, as with so many of his actions, Francis may simply be correctly reading the winds of the Catholic Church.
Rising demand for exorcists
Although it is difficult to measure, Vatican officials talk about a resurgence of mystical rites in the church, including exorcism — or the alleged act of evicting demons from a living host. Cardinals in Milan; Turin, Italy; and Madrid, for instance, recently moved to expand the number of exorcists in their dioceses to cope with what they have categorized as surging demand.
But by focusing on old-school interpretations of the Devil, some progressive theologians complain, the pope is undermining his reputation as a leader who in so many other ways appears to be more in step with modern society than his predecessor.
“He is opening the door to superstition,” said Vito Mancuso, a Catholic theologian and writer.
Among the things lurking behind that door is the alleged gateway to hell guarded by the small cluster of officially anointed exorcists of the Roman Catholic Church.
By most accounts, the ranks of official exorcists number between 500 and 600 in a global church of more than 1 billion Catholics, with the vast majority operating in Latin America and Eastern Europe. This week, at the ninth and largest Vatican-sanctioned convention on exorcism, attendees gushed about the fresh recognition being afforded the field.
Almost 200 delegates — most of them priests and nuns — from more than two dozen nations talked about how Satanic cults are spreading like wildfire in the age of the Internet.
The new pope, exorcists say, has become their champion in the face of modern skeptics, many of them within the Catholic faith. Officially, those claiming to be possessed must first undergo psychiatric evaluations. But exorcists say that liberal Catholic bishops have often rejected their services even after such due diligence.
“The sad truth is that there are many bishops and priests in our church who do not really believe in the Devil,” said the Rev. Gabriele Amorth, the 89-year-old priest who is perhaps the closest thing the church has to a Hollywood-style exorcist. “I believe Pope Francis is speaking to them. Because when you don’t believe, the Devil wins.”
During the conference, the Rev. Cesar Truqui, an exorcist based in Switzerland, recounted one experience he had aboard a Swissair flight. “Two lesbians,” he said, had sat behind him on the plane. Soon afterward, he said, he felt Satan’s presence. As he silently sought to repel the evil spirit through prayer, one of the women, he said, began growling demonically and threw chocolates at his head.
Asked how he knew the woman was possessed, he said that “once you hear a Satanic growl, you never forget it. It’s like smelling Margherita pizza for the first time. It’s something you never forget.”
From his small room in a south Rome rectory fitted with a hospital bed, Amorth praised Francis for so fully embracing the biblical notion of the Devil as the personified overlord of hell.
Unlike in the movies, he said, the process of driving demons out typically takes multiple sessions over many years.
An exorcist in action
In a rare glimpse of an official exorcism last week, in a white-tiled room outfitted with images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, Amorth wrapped his purple sash around a Neapolitan housewife in her 40s who said she was afflicted by multiple demons. He then began chanting in Latin, commanding the devils inside her to reveal themselves.
“Tell me your name!” he demanded.
“No, no,” hissed the woman, shaking her head and speaking in an altered voice as her eyes rolled to the back of her head. “I will not!”
“Tell me your name!” he kept repeating, until finally she spat out, “Asmodeus,” the name of an ancient demon and hellish spokesman.
“How many are you?” he yelled, repeating the question as she grunted and shook her head violently.
Finally, she defiantly said, “We are five!”
After his bout with the demons, the diminutive Amorth simply shrugged.
“That,” he said, “was a light one.”
Following the session, the woman and her husband, who gave their names only as Antonella and Michele, said they had been going through a living hell for years. They had begged bishops to authorize an exorcism when Antonella began having uncontrollable fits after receiving Holy Communion and became violent around religious prayers. But they were repeatedly denied.
It was only after they were referred to Amorth and began sessions four years ago, Antonella said, that her condition finally began to improve.
“The Devil exists, and thanks to this treatment, I have gotten back my faith,” she said. “I think Pope Francis is telling us it’s okay to believe.”
The Washington Post
Murder Music: A History of Black Metal
David Kenny, United Kingdom, 2007, 64 min
‘Murder Music: A History of Black Metal is a heavy metal music documentary aired on British pay-per-view channel Rockworld TV. Murder Music centers around the controversial black metal subgenre. It was written by renowned metal journalist Malcolm Dome and hosted by Rockworld TV’s and Contraband Candy’s René Ackermann, who was also the documentary’s associate producer.
The main themes of Murder Music are: the musical origins of black metal, from Birmingham, UK heavy metal group BLACK SABBATH to Newcastle extreme metal pioneers VENOM; the anti-Christian sentiment of its practitioners; the controversies surrounding the criminal acts (arson and murder) of the early Norwegian scene; and the paradox of a Christian form of black metal, represented by Scandinavian band FROSTHARDR.
Musicians from some key contemporary bands in the scene are interviewed, such as SATYRICON, IMMORTAL, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH. Some non-musicians are interviewed as well, including Terrorizer magazine editor Jonathan Selzer and Didrik Søderlind, co-author of the Lords of Chaos book.
Black Metal: The Norwegian Legacy?
Bill Zebub, USA, 2008, 90 min
‘The term ‘black metal’ was coined by the band VENOM but the meaning has changed. It now refers to a style that was developed by Norwegians. But some argue that the music is from Sweden because BATHORY created the quintessence of Black Metal. This documentary discards the sensationalism and conducts riveting chats with bands like ENSLAVED, DARK FUNERAL, NAGLFAR, ROTTING CHRIST, BLOODTHORN, DIMMU BORGIR and other dark artists. Exclusive footage of live performances spices up the enjoyment.’
One Man Metal (2012) presented by Noisey (December 20, 2012)
Xasthur par BRYAN SHEFFIELD, Self-Titled numéro 8 (June 23, 2011)
Black Metal Satanica (2008) by MATS LUNDBERG (June 13, 2011)
‘Black Metal’ (2005) photographs by STACY KRANITZ (June 4, 2011)
‘Svart Metall’ (2009) par GRANT WILLING (June 2, 2011)
Until the Light Takes Us (2009) by AARON AITES & AUDREY EWELL (June 1, 2011)
Norsk Black Metal (Norwegian Black Metal) (December 4, 2010)
Det Svarte Alvor (1994) A Black Metal Documentary (December 2, 2010)
Vivek Venkatesh presents
Grimposium: Trve Kvlt Arts, Films, Sounds and Texts in Extreme Metal
April 11 & 12 2014, 9am-5pm, Concordia University, Montreal
Grimposium is organised by Vivek Venkatesh, Associate Dean at the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Eduational Technology at Concordia University.
Grimposium is Vivek’s ode to the extreme metal scene – a ritual offering that Vivek is making to the men and women who define, redefine and stretch the artistic boundaries of what this niche scene has become. The event will be held at the de Sève cinema at Concordia University in Montreal on April 11 and 12, 2014.
It features key members of the global extreme metal scene including filmmakers, musicians, journalists, visual artists, authors, creative writers, musicologists and academics. The event will feature film screenings, book launches, panel sessions, art exhibitions and much, much more. Stay grim, posers.
Viy: Or The Spirit of Evil
Georgi Kropachyov, Soviet Union, 1967, 77 min
‘While losing himself, wandering home whilst on leave from his seminary, novice monk Khoma stays in the barn of an old woman. A scuffle breaks out. Later, he is summonsed to stand and prey over a young dead woman, in the local church, for three nights. It is here that while in the long, dark nights, of the locked doors, that the dead regain life, the souls of Hell taunt the young monk to near terrifying insanity and the test of Faith will be as powerful as the witches, monsters and the mighty demon Viy who haunt his every step and bay for his very soul.’ — IMDb
… ‘Austrian based artist mainly working with photography aswell as moving pictures. She was born in 1991 and since then, has taught herself how to operate a camera by trial and error.’
The Satanic Temple, a burgeoning community of worship devoted to the Dark Lord, has performed a “Pink Mass” over the grave of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Jr.’s mother. The Pink Mass is a Satanic ritual performed after death that turns the deceased’s straight spirit into a homo one—it’s not unlike the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, only much gayer.
On Sunday the Satanic Temple, which first came into the national spotlight last January when the organization announced its support for Florida Governor Rick Scott, went to the Phelps family graveyard in Mississippi to perform the ritual. (Two Pink Masses were performed, one with a female couple and another with men.) I contacted Lucien Greaves, the Temple’s spokesperson and officiator of the ceremony, to find out what exactly the Pink Mass entials. While he didn’t get into specifics, he told told me via email that “there were, in fact, scriptures recited, candles lit, and a ceremonial proceeding that we may eventually post the details of at our website, westboro-baptist.com. That is, if the Pink Mass generates sufficient interest to the point that other responsible parties, respectful of the graveyard, wish to perform their own.”
The idea for the mass came about in April, when the WBC announced their intention to protest the funerals of the Boston Bombing victims. The church never showed up, but later issued a statement saying they were there “in spirit.” As is always the case when WBC does or says anything, both the initial plans and the subsequent statement pissed off everyone in the world, including Satanists. And so, according to a press release, the Satanic Temple decided that a ceremony celebrating same-sex couples “at the gravesite of Fred Phelps’ mother was an appropriate way to meet the Westboro Baptists, ‘in spirit,’ but this time on our terms.”
Now the spirit of Catherine Idalette Johnston is officially into other chicks, meaning her gravesite is a viable target for one of her son’s “God hates fags” protests. Lucien told me, “We believe that Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay in the afterlife. Further, if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay.”
When I asked Lucien if the Temple has plans to perform Pink Masses on any other deceased members of the Phelps family, he said, “We haven’t gayed Fred’s father yet, or his great-aunt, Irene Jordan, who raised him after his mother died. We will perform Pink Masses for each of them, and more descendants of the Phelps, each time they picket funerals or applaud horrific terrorist actions, as they are known to do. Fred himself is getting pretty long in the tooth, and I hope to be presiding over his Pink Mass before long.”
The Temple is encouraging other gay couples to make the trek to Magnolia cemetery in Mississippi and suck each others’ faces at the grave. They say that every time a same-sex couple makes out over the grave of a Pink Mass recipient, the spirit of the deceased “is pleasured in the afterlife,” presumably with spooky ghost orgasms.
And for couples interested in performing an official Pink Mass of their own, Lucien told me, “I would encourage them to try to arrange such a thing with us, so that we might have a High Priest formally officiate.”
In addition to supporting Republican politicians and turning ghosts gay, the Satanic Temple has launched a bid to adopt a highway in New York City. They are hoping that their Pink Masses will raise awareness for their highway campaign, which is lacking in public support. You can watch a video about the project above, and they’ve set up an Indiegogo page where you can donate money and help the Temple achieve their dream of contributing to the betterment of society by keeping our highways clean and litter-free.
In conclusion, your mom likes to scissor now, Fred.
WINDSOR – Un incendie d’apparence criminelle a complètement détruit l’église St-Philippe de Windsor, dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche. Le feu s’est déclaré vers 2 heures du matin dans la sacristie et s’est rapidement propagé à l’intérieur de l’imposante église de la rue Saint-Georges, qui est une perte totale.
En raison de l’intensité du brasier, les 80 résidents de la résidence St-Philippe ont été évacués. Personne n’a été blessé lors de l’incident, mais la communauté de Windsor a toutefois subi une lourde perte quant à son patrimoine religieux et architectural. Construite en 1893, l’église contenait notamment un précieux orgue Casavan.
« Des gens sont passés près de l’église vers 1 h 30 en rentrant chez eux et ils ont vu des jeunes autour de l’église. Les policiers m’ont dit qu’il y avait eu entrée par effraction et il y avait des papiers, un tapis et un panier en osier de l’église qui traînaient sur la pelouse à l’extérieur, devant l’église. C’est certain que des gens sont entrés et qu’ils ont fait ce vadalisme. Le feu est d’origine criminelle, je n’en doute aucunement », affirme le curé Guy Giroux, qui se trouvait au presbytère voisin de l’église quand le feu s’est déclaré.
À 2 h 15, à la demande des pompiers de Windsor, la résidence St-Philippe a été évacuée en raison de la chaleur provoquée par le brasier. Des tisons de la taille de balles de golf ont aussi été projetés sur la façade de l’établissement situé sur la rue Ambroise-Dearden, derrière l’église, brisant quelques fenêtres.
En dix minutes, tous les résidents, dont la moyenne d’âge est de 89 ans, se sont retrouvés à la rue. Des chaises ont été transportées pour les asseoir dans le stationnement du côté de la 2e avenue, avant qu’ils ne soient abrités dans des autobus.