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Book Workshop & Launch: Even the Dead Rise Up – Convened by Francis McKee
Tuesday 23 May 2017, 6.00pm - 7.30pm / Johnston Suite
Francis McKee, Irish writer and Director, Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK convenes a book workshop and launch that explores mediumistic techniques that inform his new book Even the Dead Rise Up. Tracing global manifestations of mysticism, the occult and political dissent, Mckee’s shares his personnel journey of becoming a spiritual medium, the people and practices he encountered and the ways this inspires creative, critical and intuitive methods of writing and thinking.
Even the Dead Rise Up – book launch plays with multiple forms of a short talk, tarot card reading, artist’s film by Bea Santiago Munoz, and closing discussion on ideas of politics, spiritualism, writing, the tarot and psyche. Invited guests include Gavin Everall (Editor, Book Works) and Christine Danielle Vierling (Tarot/astrology reader).
The programme concludes with refreshments and launch of McKee's new book, Even the Dead Rise Up, published by Book Works.
McKee opens proceedings with a preamble on his interests in the work of Puerto Rican artist Bea Santiago Munoz, as it relates to the Afro Caribbean religion, Santeria (or way of the saints), exploring how practices of mediumship, writing and the occult, captures alternative models of being and political possibilities. The launch offers participants various points of departure in thinking about the potential of building relationships between human beings, the spirits and the powerful.
Francis McKee is an Irish writer, medical historian, and curator working in Glasgow since 2006, where he is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and research fellow of Glasgow School of Art, His research interests include the exploration of open source theory as a potential economic model within the arts, the role of the archive in contemporary art, and modes of curatorial practice. Early studies of open source models were presented in an exhibition in Scotland Europa’s office in Scotland House, Brussels. The exhibition, Agile Process: A New Economy for Digital Arts in Scotland, was accompanied by a creative industries symposium and focused on future models for the creative economy in Scotland. In 2006 when McKee became director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, he restructured the organisation and the use of the building, experimenting with the use of open source as both a management tool and a curatorial approach to sharing usage of the buildings resources. This has proven successful within the context of the CCA and it is being studied by other organisations seeking an alternative economic model in a climate of recession.
Christine Danielle Vierling, studied an M.A. in International Communications & Conflict Resolution, certified Polarity Therapy (integrated intuitive energy healer), SynergyYoga/Dance teacher, Intuitive Development Expert and Guide, as well as public presenter and facilitator of events, including blessing ceremonies and sacred rituals. In her practice as an intuitive Tarot/astrology reader and teacher, she has been featured on RTE television, Dublin City Fm (103.2) Radio (several times) and in several national publications including Women's Way, IMAGE magazine, the Evening Herald and for Network Ireland Magazine. Christine Danielle is based in Dublin, Ireland serving clients and students worldwide.
Gavin Everall isEditing and Marketing Manager at Book Works. Everall has years of experience working closely with artists, academics, writers and designers to deliver publications, publishing projects and events at all scales that involves methods of writing, designing, researching and archives. He is co-editor of Again, a Time Machine: From Distribution to Archive (2012) which specifically looks at circuits of distribution and practice that have materialised in the form of books, writing, magazines, language, spoken word, performative research and archival practice.
Even the Dead Rise Up - Francis McKee Published by Book Works / ISBN 978 1 906012 59 Guest edited by Nina Power Even the Dead Rise Up, and the political becomes personal. In McKee’s first novel, observations of séances, scientific advances, group education outings, Kurdish protests for the ‘disappeared’, become mixed with his own Tarot influenced visions: a haunting spirit appears; the relation between political resistance and Spiritualism is cast as an insurrectionary force and a millenarian energy, celebrating the ecstatic moment. Histories of isolated early Christians and twentieth century mystics affect the psyche, all of this documented through journal entries that move from Scottish islands to Puerto Rico. Influenced by forms of 1960s new journalism, McKee pushes language to match the raw material of the stories, which become more erratic, signalling the looming fate of the text and its author.
This event is programmed as part of the IMMA: As Above, So Below- Talk Series (13 April – 27 August), exploring the role of spirituality and transcendence in our contemporary lives.