A Night of Folk Necromancy, part of the Utopia/Dystopia series with Morbid Anatomy at Hauser & Wirth, NYC
These three talks, delivered as the thematically appropriate finale of Morbid Anatomy's Utopia/Dystopia series with Hauser & Wirth, explore a variety of encounters between the living and the dead; from accidental hauntings to deliberate conjuration of ghosts, and everything in between. The evening's three speakers, Dr. Alexander Cummins, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, and Mallorie Vaudoise, examine folk expressions and interrelations of ancestor veneration, spirit conjuration, ghost-lore, eschatology, charm-craft, demonology, and a mass of rituals, protocols, and beliefs signalled by the terms ‘nigromancy,’ ‘necromancy.’
• How to Summon A Ghost in Seventeenth-century England by Alexander Cummins
• The Corpse between the Covers: Summoning the Dead through Ink and Breath (But Not In The Way You Think…) by Jesse Hathaway Diaz
• Naples is for Necromancers by Mallorie Vaudoise
Dr. Alexander Cummins is a professional diviner and trained historian as well as a consultant sorcerer. He received his doctorate in early modern British magic from the University of Bristol. His work focuses on grimoires, divination, astrological magic, and magical medicine as well as folk necromancy. Dr Cummins can be found and booked at http://www.alexandercummins.com
Jesse Hathaway Diaz is a folklorist, diviner, artist and performer living in New York City. With initiations in several forms of witchcraft from both Europe and the Americas, he is also a lifelong student of Mexican Curanderismo, an initiated olosha in the Lucumí orisha tradition, and a Tatá Quimbanda. He is also a member of the experimental theatre group Dzieci, based in New York City. He is half of Wolf and Goat, a store specializing in occult art, esoterica and materia magica from many traditions including Traditional Craft and Quimbanda, at http://www.wolf-and-goat.com
Together, Dr. Cummins and Hathaway Diaz run Radio Free Golgotha, a podcast dedicated to a continued exploration of the occult and esoteric through query and intersection. For this event they were joined by special guest Mallorie Vaudoise.
Mallorie Vaudoise is a Brooklyn-based spiritualist of Italian descent. She is currently apprenticing with renowned Italian folk musician Alessandra Belloni. Vaudoise is the creator of Italian Folk Magic, a blog dedicated to the cults of the Madonnas, saints, and dead, at http://www.italianfolkmagic.com/
Our thanks to Morbid Anatomy - http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/ - for hosting us at Hauser & Wirth - https://www.hauserwirth.com/locations... - and to everyone who came and helped make it a wonderful evening.