The Message

The Message : Art and Occultism

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Occult practices, seances and magic have traditionally been met with suspicion in the world of high culture, but they are currently getting a fresh look. Turns out, they have long had a quiet influence on art--at least since the mid-1800s. "The Message" demonstrates this fascinating history with paranormal-influenced paintings, drawings and thought photographs, a term for the phenomenon of imprinting an image from one's mind directly onto a photographic medium--something we've all at least wished we could do... By the early eighteenth century, the occult had found a home in the arts with the advent of Surrealism--in 1933, Andre Breton discussed these inexplicable phenomena in his text, "The Automatic Message." This publication borrows its name from Breton's text; and features early-twentieth-century photographs of seances from the archive of parapsychologist Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, which vividly illustrate Breton's ideas.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 166 x 242 x 20mm | 621.42g
  • Buchhandlung Walther Konig GmbH & Co. KG. Abt. Verlag
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 128 colour illustrations
  • 3865603424
  • 9783865603425
  • 1,947,003

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