project AWE is affiliated with The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
Project AWE was named an affiliated society of the The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). ESSWE is Europe's only scholarly society for the study of Western esotericism. Founded in 2005, the society promotes academic study of the various manifestations of Western esotericism from late antiquity to the present, and works to secure the future development of the field.
Among the overlapping activities of the ESSWE and AWE are:
- Encouraging the appreciation of the cultural, historical, and intellectual significance of Western esotericism by research institutions and the general public;
- Promoting scholarly publications and conferences;
- Promoting academic debate, interdisciplinary and critical approaches, and the application of a variety of scholarly methods;
- Co-operating with other scholarly associations in and beyond Europe.
OCCULT PERFORMANCES AND REFLECTIONS:
THE EVERYDAY OCCULT IN VISUAL CULTURE
Call for Papers for the session, Occult Performances and Reflections: The Everyday Occult in Visual Culture
at the Association for Art History annual conference (4-6 April 2019) at the University of Brighton and University of Sussex next year.
The occult – the hidden – has been prevalent in various art forms for centuries. Christopher Partridge coined the term ‘occulture’ in 2004 in an effort to recognize the occult in the everyday, theorizing the processes involved when popular culture disseminates occult ideas and beliefs to a wider audience. These occult and esoteric traditions are no longer hidden; instead the culture in which they are embedded has become familiar – they are ordinary and everyday.
Visual culture, as part of a broader popular culture, represents a fertile vehicle for the occult to enter everyday consciousness, even when the esoteric origins of those ideas remain unknown to the receiver. This is in opposition to secretive practices of a cultic milieu, when the occult was intended for an exclusive audience privileged with sacred and mysterious knowledge, such as, for example, ritual performances by and for adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
This session proposes to investigate the reflection and representation of occult ideas, beliefs and practices that manifest in everyday and popular forms of art from the 1870s to the present day. Focusing particularly on performance art, such as theater and dance, as well as film, photography and print, this session would invite papers to explore occult currents in visual culture from any geographical location. In addition to academic papers, this session would welcome interdisciplinary approaches from performers and artists.
Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018
Please email your paper proposal direct to the session convenors. You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper, your name and institutional affiliation (if any).
For more information about the conference please see links below:
presenting Kafka & Rembrandt: Hidden Poetics, Alterity in Literature & Art
We are happy to share the recording of the AWE panel which explored hidden layers of literature and paintings. Christian Grusq, President of the American Institute for Levinassian Studies, moderated the discussion between the two speakers: Andreas Kilcher, professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, a prominent scholar of German-Jewish literature and culture and Zhenya Gershman, an internationally renowned artist and Rembrandt scholar, who has worked for over a decade in the J. Paul Getty Museum and is an alumnae of AJU's Institute for Creativity's Inquiry Fellowship. This event took place on September 7th, 2017 at American Jewish University.
University of Amsterdam SHARES their bright student WITH PROJECT AWE internship program
"My dream is to work with artists, writers and filmmakers and use my knowledge about Western Esotericism to help develop meaningful concepts and illustrate them with historically accurate details" shared Gypsy van Melle Seaton. In order to make this dream a reality she is joining Project AWE’s team as a research assistant for the 2017 spring internship program. This internship is part of her studies at the the University of Amsterdam (UVA’s) graduate program for a Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies: Western Esotericism.
Gypsy discovered her passion for Western Esotericism through her lifelong fascination with art and design. Her particular interest in the junction between art, mathematics and esotericism developed while she was studying Product Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The creative and technical aspects of her background as a designer have provided her with an original perspective within the academic framework of Western Esotericism. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with a minor in Western Esotericism at the University of Amsterdam (UVA).
Young artist program (y.a.p.) student receives presidential scholarship
We are happy to announce the acceptance of project AWE's young artist Joshua Martin to Otis Art Institute, a premier art school. Due to the extraordinary quality of his admissions portfolio Joshua has been awarded a prestigious Presidential Scholarship for four years of his undergraduate studies. It has been a pleasure mentoring this bright young artist and we look forward to following Joshua's achievements in the Arts.
More about project AWE Young Artist Program (Y.A.P.):
PROJECT AWE produces "SECRETS OF THE MASTERS"
Watch a short trailer for this tv pilot series
Project AWE creates a collaborative public program with the Jewish federation
Thursday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Jewish Federation 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 761-8000
About the Program:
Learn about SKIN-4, an innovative art project on a mission to explore and express visual memories of immigrant ancestry, through this compelling conversation between renowned painter Zhenya Gershman, internationally acclaimed photographer Michele Mattei, and Oscar nominated filmmaker Carlos A. Hurtado.
This panel discussion focuses on blurring the accepted boundary between past and present, living and dead, still and animate, 'me' and 'us'.
An art viewing follows the program.
- FREE Reservations recommended
Please note: All unclaimed reserved tickets for FREE programs may be released 15 minutes before the event’s scheduled start time and made available to other patrons. We highly recommend arriving early to prevent the loss of your reservation.
Project AWE PRESENTS: LEGENDARY POLINA OSETINSKAYA:
CHARITY CONCERT BENEFITING YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM (Y.A.P.)
Exclusive piano recital in a Private Home, Encino, CA.
Wednesday, February 25th, 7:30 pm
seating is limited, suggested donation $50
To RESERVE your tickets please contact projectAWE1@gmail.com
Y.A.P. creates a support system for young talent and aims to raise scholarship funds helping the students transition to Art College - making it possible for their dreams to become a career.
PROJECT AWE RECEIVES an AWARD
project AWE received a Grant for SKIN-4 from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with Genesis Philanthropy Group and The Jewish Agency for Israel. To learn more about this exciting project please click here to read...
PROJECT AWE launches A NEW SERIES OF ESSAYS
"The Secret of the Magic Flute: Western Music & Esotericism"
By Maria Danova (Translator & Independent Scholar), in collaboration with Zhenya Gershman (Artist & Art Historian, co-Founder of project AWE)
This cycle of essays is dedicated to the connections between music and esotericism, concentrating primarily on the Western musical tradition from Antiquity to the present day. It seems to us that this fascinating topic has been underrated by music historians and theoreticians as yet. Our conviction is that works of art, be it in music, literature, or painting, should be examined not only from the sociological or historical points of view, but, perhaps more importantly, from an esoteric one, as a reflection of the eternal human quest for Higher Truth. If we choose the latter method, new depths begin to reveal themselves to us in the works that we previously considered perfectly transparent, and we can witness supreme universal logic where we only used to notice composer's whimsical individuality, however ingenious it might sometimes be. Naturally, this series does not claim to be exhaustive, but we hope that these texts will at least shed some primal light on the path which the reader will then have to walk further independently, with his or her own torch.
in memory of Leonid Matsikh
click here to read the first article in this series.
Image, top of the page: Joseph Ducreux, Le Discret (detail), c.1790, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas