Weekender Lab: Ron Athey

26 Oct 2019 – 27 Oct 2019

Regular hours

Sat, 26 Oct
10:30 – 17:30
Sun, 27 Oct
10:30 – 17:30

Cost of entry


Artsadmin Toynbee Studios

England, United Kingdom


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Artsadmin's Weekender Labs are workshops led by international artists and are open to all practitioners. This autumn, internationally acclaimed performance artist Ron Athey looks at magic, hypnotism and automatic writing.


Working with hypnotist Michele Occelli and collaborator Hermes Pittakos, this Weekender explores parts of Ron Athey’s practice and theory which parallel the aims of Georges Bataille’s Secret Society of Acéphale. How, at the absence of God, do we create new celebrations? How with lingering curses and restrictions, can we fight magic with magic? 

Over the weekend, participants use automatic writing, hypnotism, as well as Ron’s own practices of word virus, mouthing off, channeling hysteria and dialectics of the sublime to create narratives, movement scores and choreographic practices. Using the tools of make-up, masking and prosthetics, participants workshop the development of their own fantastical persona informed by Ron’s creation, the Acéphalous Monster.

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