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Genesis P-Orridge’s Moonchild

Unearthed esoterica from video art and industrial music pioneer Genesis P-Orridge ahead of a new documentary on his longstanding project, Psychic TV.

Director Jacqueline Castel is working on A Message from the Temple, the first feature-length documentary about Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth (TOPY), a fellowship started by experimental music and video art group Psychic TV, known for their innovative use of video and involvement in ritual ceremony—seen here in Moonchild, a film directed by frontman and industrial music pioneer Genesis P-Orridge. Here, Los Angeles-based Castel talks about the project:

“Moonchild is a long lost gem in the canon of esoteric cinema. The title references a 1923 novel by Aleister Crowley, and Genesis originally stated of the film, ‘Moonchild is a spell, to create a new person or a new stage in people, through compassion and through thought, and it’s a construct, just like a spell is.'” […]

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Private View: Ai Weiwei in Athens

The controversial artist flips the bird (repeatedly) for a new exhibition

Copenhagen-based director Martin Garde Abildgaard talks about documenting conceptual artist Ai Weiwei’s first major exhibition in Greece at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens:

I have always been fascinated by the work of Ai Weiwei. He is extremely brave and never afraid of putting everything on the line, even though it can be risky for him. His art is never a gimmick but always has a deep, and often very political, message.

Ai Weiwei has a unique way of looking at the world, and the condition it’s in, and through his art he gets everyone absorbing his messages.

Inside Italy’s Handmade Amusement Park

In a forest in Northern Italy, a man known simply as Bruno has spent nearly a lifetime building an amusement park by hand.

Bruno, who has no formal engineering or construction training, designed rides inspired by the movement of nature. Today, patrons can enjoy more than 40 manually-powered rides, all for free.

Marfa: This Must be the Place

Something special happens when you turn off of Interstate 10 at Van Horn, Texas, on your way to Marfa. The sky opens up, cars become few and far between, you climb to almost 5,000 feet above sea level, and time slows down. The scale of the ruggedly beautiful land is vast and isolating. It instills a transcendent feeling of possibility, potential, and independence—a feeling that has inspired filmmakers, artists, and cowboys for centuries.

Marfa is a one-stoplight West Texas town where you’ll find ranch hands and saloons alongside experimental artists and modern art galleries. Artists come here for the space and the pure, clean light, joining the ranchers and cowboys who work the mystical land, as well as Marfa’s Hispanic community, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of the population and includes many families that have called this small town home for generations.

Artist Donald Judd, drawn to the empty desert and in search of change, moved to Marfa in the early ’70s and began acquiring buildings, eventually including the town’s abandoned army base. On the site of that army base, he created the Chinati Foundation; there, he installed 15 untitled works in concrete and 100 untitled works in mill aluminum and invited other artists to permanently display their work as well. After Judd’s death, in 1994, the Judd Foundation was formed, opening his home and studio spaces to the public.