Monday, October 16, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #023 - Aleister Crowley Passing Down Mystic Practices Useful for the Renewal of the Great Attack

Aleister Crowley

First published in Great Britain by The Mandrake Press 1929
Copyright © John Symonds & Kenneth Grant 1969

Published by Sphere Books 1972
Reprinted March 1974

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it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, 
re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without 
the publisher's prior consent in any form of 
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subsequent purchaser.

Set in Linotype Baskerville

Printed in Great Britain by
Hazel Watson & Viney Ltd
Aylesbury, Bucks

ISBN 0 7221 2703 0

10,8 x 17,8 cm, 306p, softcover

On 16 October 2017 I ripped the 306 pages from Aleister Crowley Moonchild, tore them in half and threw them in the Hole I've been Diggin' for Gordon in a basement at an undisclosed location in Antwerpen since 20 February 2006.
The title refers to Gordon Matta-Clark whose last and major work ‘Office Baroque’ in Antwerpen I illegally visited at the start of my career as an artist. The performance/installation evolved into a ‘mash-up’ with ingredients from the works of various avantgarde artists from the 70’s. For instance a slant row of florescent lights inspired by Dan Flavin takes care of lightning and an endless ladder as imagined by Vito Acconci makes it possible to get in and out of the hole. The work was made visible through a number of side actions and performances where I used some of the dirt I had been digging up. Most of the dirt was used to fill up James Lee Byars' tomb.
As of 9 September 2017 the Hole is filled with precious books from my private library.

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