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Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley, and Egyptology at the Petrie Museum

Lecture on Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley, and Egyptology at the Petrie Museum Thursday 6 November 2014 In October 2013 Ethan Doyle White attended the UCL conference on Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture, and presented a paper on the subject of Archaeology and Occultism in the Work of Kenneth Anger. In this he examined how the renowned American experimental film-maker utilised past societies in proselytizing for the occult religion of Thelema, founded in 1904 by the (in)famous British esotericist Aleister Crowley. In doing so, Anger made repeated use of archaeological material, particularly that associated with Ancient Egypt, and thus much of his ouevre represents a fascination avant-garde example of what has usually been termed ‘Egyptomania’. Ethan has been invited to give a lecture on this subject for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Bloomsbury, Central London, as part of their Petrie Film Club Presents series. Scheduled…
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2000 July – Kenneth Anger

Magician’s apprentice Mark Pilkington on the celluloid sorcery and psychedelic Satanism of the 1960’s baddest boy. From the light of the projector emerges a darkness that is hard to shake. Acid-drenched imagery fills the screen: a hanged man kicks and shudders as the life leaves his body; naked, face hidden in shadow, a man draws a knife across his heart; a top-hatted trickster tokes from a skull-shaped pipe; a deranged, psychedelic sorcerer swirls, scream and waves his arms around; a cloaked and horned figure presides over shots of Hells Angels, cavorting hippies and Mick Jagger performing in Hyde Park. Kaleidoscopic swirls, occult symbols and tattoos flit across the screen throughout, subliminal in intent. The only sound is a slow Moog pulse, provided by Jagger himself. Welcome to the world of Kenneth Anger: occultist, underground film-maker and unofficial custodian of Hollywood’s secret life. The images above are from Invocation of My…
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