Francis McKee, Irish writer and Director, Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK explores mediumistic techniques that inform his new book Even the Dead Rise Up. Tracing global manifestations of mysticism, the occult and political dissent, Mckee’s shares his personnel journey of becoming a spiritual medium, the people and practices he encountered and the ways this inspires creative, critical and intuitive methods of writing and thinking. Guests participants include Christine Danielle Vierling (Tarot/astrology reader)and Gavin Everall (Editor, Book Works)
Even the Dead Rise Up – book launch played with multiple forms of a short talk, a tarot card reading, screening and closing discussion on ideas of politics, spiritualism, writing, the tarot and psyche.
Running order of Speaking: Even the Dead Rise Up - Francis Mckee; How to Read Tarot (excerpt)- Christine Danielle Vierling & Audience Volunteer; Chaired Discussion with Gavin Everall & Francis Mckee.
Francis McKee is an Irish writer, medical historian, and curator working in Glasgow since 2006, where he is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and research fellow of Glasgow School of Art, His research interests include the exploration of open source theory as a potential economic model within the arts, the role of the archive in contemporary art, and modes of curatorial practice. Early studies of open source models were presented in an exhibition in Scotland Europa’s office in Scotland House, Brussels. The exhibition, Agile Process: A New Economy for Digital Arts in Scotland, was accompanied by a creative industries symposium and focused on future models for the creative economy in Scotland. In 2006 when McKee became director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, he restructured the organisation and the use of the building, experimenting with the use of open source as both a management tool and a curatorial approach to sharing usage of the buildings resources. This has proven successful within the context of the CCA and it is being studied by other organisations seeking an alternative economic model in a climate of recession.
Christine Danielle Vierling, studied an M.A. in International Communications & Conflict Resolution, certified Polarity Therapy (integrated intuitive energy healer), SynergyYoga/Dance teacher, Intuitive Development Expert and Guide, as well as public presenter and facilitator of events, including blessing ceremonies and sacred rituals. In her practice as an intuitive Tarot/astrology reader and teacher, she has been featured on RTE television, Dublin City Fm (103.2) Radio (several times) and in several national publications including Women's Way, IMAGE magazine, the Evening Herald and for Network Ireland Magazine. Christine Danielle is based in Dublin, Ireland serving clients and students worldwide.
Gavin Everall is Editing and Marketing Manager at Book Works. Everall has years of experience working closely with artists, academics, writers and designers to deliver publications, publishing projects and events at all scales that involves methods of writing, designing, researching and archives. He is co-editor of Again, a Time Machine: From Distribution to Archive (2012) which specifically looks at circuits of distribution and practice that have materialised in the form of books, writing, magazines, language, spoken word, performative research and archival practice.
Even the Dead Rise Up - Francis McKee
Published by Book Works / ISBN 978 1 906012 59
Guest edited by Nina Power
Even the Dead Rise Up
This talk took place on 23.05.17 at IMMA.
Image Credits: Soft cover; Design: Erik Hartin and Moa Pårup