OVERVIEW

“But your holy place shall be untouched
throughout the centuries:
though with fire and sword
it be burnt down & shattered,
yet an invisible house there standeth…”
– Liber AL vel Legis 3:34

Invisible House is a ground-breaking cross media program that seeks to unsettle the barriers between performance, and static arts; science and magic; space and time.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC), after consolidating 40 years in 2017, throws open its walls, halls and spaces to maverick filmmakers, visionary photographers, installation artists, automatic painters, and committed ritualists in a celebration of arcane knowledge, the sacred and the numinous.

The program will be opened by Stephen J. King on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 6:00pm.


CURATOR STATEMENT

“The gross must pass through fire…”
– Liber AL vel Legis 1:50

Invisible House began with the solo work TohuVBohu which explores the nigredo or ‘blackening’ work of alchemy (putrefaction, cleansing, cooking where the base material is rendered uniformly black). The first stage of the transformation of the base material into spiritual gold. The work challenges ideas of linear time and offers resistance to forms of ideological and spiritual tyranny.

It has expanded to embrace a wider program of artists who similarly stand upright; their heads above the heavens, their feet below the hells.

Each work tests the limits of physical and psychic endurance of the artist, seeking to break through self-imposed limits, churning the waters of the subconscious, and producing a visceral unedited experience that the straight art world often toys with but never commits to.

All of the works draw on unseen forces and mine unexplored regions of human consciousness.

Given the scientific rationalist basis of art theory, these works form the last taboo of the artist at odds with this paradigm. They present a new reality in which trans-rational, trans-personal confrontations with the ineffable, are not only legitimised, but also show the way forward and present a dissident resistance to ideological and spiritual tyranny.
Brendan Walls, Curator


ARTISTS

Barry William Hale + NOKO

Sound, Ink, blood, voice, ritual, trance

 

 


William Mortensen
(1897-1965)

Photography

 

 


Ajarn Ohr

Sound, Needle, Ink, blood, voice, ritual

 

 


Harry Smith
(1923-1991)

Light, celluloid, paint, dioramas, collage

 

 


Brendan Walls

Sound, Altars, linen, light, gorse, salt, field recordings, viola, percussion