Full list follows; hope very much to see you at one or more of these fantastic events!
Dead Cities / Cities of the Dead: An illustrated lecture by Colin Dickey, author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius
Date: TONIGHT: Monday, June 20th
Time: 8:00 PM
Tonight, author Colin Dickey will conjoin a history of the necropolis with a history of ghost towns and abandoned urban landscapes. The necropolis has always been a vital feature of the city, from its earliest incarnations to today. The dead body has long been regarded as both sacred and polluting, so what does a community do with thousands of bodies? From medieval chapels literally bursting with the bones of the dead to the sanitized splendor of the modern funeral industry, how we treat the dead reveal much about how we view the living. How we treat dead cities--from California ghost towns to Ukraine's Pripyat, just outside of Chernobyl--begs a different question: what do we abandon, and why? What does all this urban ruin say about our future? Colin Dickey will intertwine these two forms of urban death to see what it all adds up to.
Colin Dickey is the author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and the co-editor (with Nicole Antebi and Robby Herbst) of Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Cabinet, TriQuarterly, and The Santa Monica Review. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in Los Angeles. This is a return visit for Colin, who lectured on Cranioklepty earlier this year at Observatory to great acclaim; more on that lecture can be found here.Image: The Metropolitan Sepulcher, a plan for a London cemetery circa 1820
- July 18: SCREENING: “Theatrum Mundi” Production of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana"
- July 21: Sirens & Society: Postmodern Mermaidia: A Screening & Panel Discussion featuring Prof. Amy Herzog, Mica Scalin, Ilise “The Lady Aye” Carter and Bambi the Mermaid
- July 24: Class: Mummification: Learn the art and ritual of animal mummification with instructor Sorceress Cagliastro
- July 28: Shrinking and Other Acts of Sabotage: An illustrated lecture with Petra Lange-Berndt, University College London
- July 29: Living Dolls: The Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata at the Morris Museum: A live automata demonstration and illustrated lecture by Jere Ryder, Conservator of the Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata at the Morris Museum
- July 31: Class: Mummification: Learn the art and ritual of animal mummification with instructor Sorceress Cagliastro