From the early sigils of Austin Osman Spare, to the birth of Chaos Magick in Deptford Squats, or the work of Genesis P-Orridge and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth in London Fields, there are rich and hidden histories of occult practices scattered across South/East London. We will be walking through some sites that bore witness to these histories, telling stories and sharing research and ideas as we wander. In the evening we will gather at Chisenhale Studios where we will be screening films and holding an informal conversation and reflection on the walk, it’s themes, and the spaces we have passed through.
We explicitly reject pedagogic hierarchies - while we acknowledge that we have planned the route and will be sharing our research and thoughts, we actively encourage all participants, and anyone with knowledge or interest in these histories or ideas to contribute to the day. This may be done by getting in touch beforehand (see email address below) or simply turning up on the day and speaking or sharing.
We are also happy to accept submissions for talks, performances or audio/visual works for the evening at Chisenhale Studios. Again this can be negotiated on the day, but in this instance it would be much easier for us to somewhat coordinate beforehand (again if this interests you please get in touch via the email address below).
We will start on Deptford High Street in the early afternoon, and work our way East, broadcasting our location via Glympse (www.glympse.com), you are welcome to join the walk at any point.
If you do not have a smartphone but think you would like to join us at some point on the walk, please email the address below.
You are welcome to join the walk at any point, or just come to Chisenthale for the evening event. The doors at Chisenhale Studios will open at 7.30 and run until 9.30.
The venue has step free access. We don't have a hearing loop but are happy to try and accommodate anyone with hearing issues - please get in touch! We cannot offer childcare but the event is open for all ages to attend.
Please get in touch via: firstname.lastname@example.org