Treadwell's Book of the Month
Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic – Sara Hannant & Simon Costin
“If you really must understand this world, first you must stand upon your head.” – Cecil Williamson, founder of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
100 objects, exuding magic and mystery, emerge from the darkness of Cornwall’s much loved Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in this book of haunting photographs. Artist and photographer Sara Hannant has captured the very essence of these carefully selected artifacts, which include wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets, all used in the practice of witchcraft and magic. Some have been displayed at the museum for years, others have long been hidden in its archives.
Says Hannant: “It was best to photograph at night. This enabled the objects to emerge from the darkness, where it is said magic begins. Superstition and magic have encircled photography from the beginning. In many cultures the word for photography / photographer translates as soul taker , shadow catcher , or face stealer . The camera itself was perceived as a magical object, and photographs were thought to possess supernatural powers.”
Accompanying the photographs are informative texts from Sara Hannant and Museum director Simon Costin, as well as an illuminating introduction by the leading historian of British witchcraft and magic, Ronald Hutton.
London, UK: Strange Attractor Press, 2016. Limited Hardback Edition. 240 pages.
Walter Benjamin & Weimar Germany’s Astrology
German philosopher Water Benjamin (1892–1940) wrote not only about philosophy but also astrology, a popular subject in Weimar Germany. Tonight Jenn Zahrt opens up post-WWI Germany’s fascination with the occult subjects, and how they sat within the culture’s engagement with scientific understandings of the worl. The talk then takes us into Benjamin’s ideas about astrology, exploring his idea that in astrology, in contradistinction to astronomy , an alternate observational reality is at work — and that this alternate way of seeing underlies our capacity to read the world, and ultimately to become literate. Join us tonight to think about the start, astrology, occult texts, reading and how we conceive our universe.
Jenn Zahrt completed her 2012 PhD at Berkeley and works on history and philosophy. Based in the US, she is head of Rubedo Press and has worked extensively in publishing, editing and translation. She also has a professional astrology practice. We welcome her to Treadwell’s while she is in the UK on a short visit.
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