A Practical Guide to Ecomancy for the Digital Age – Portals to Summon Web Chaos
In this workshop we guide participants to employ object-oriented magic to synthesise physical portals, arranging materials of your choice to summon your chosen intention/manifestation.
‘A practical guide to ecomancy for the digital age’ explores systems of narrative making by consulting both traditional magic ritual and scientific futures. Presented as three workshops/performances, Crawlers invites you to invoke the powers of our nonhuman kin to equip you with the necessary tools for reconciling science and magic.
Portals to Summon Web Chaos – Portals are openings that allow transit between spaces: portals can be architectural (like doors or gates), they are magical (mushroom rings to fairyland, psychic gateways to the Astral plane, the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland), and they are digital (log-in pages, Wikipedia portals, virtual transportation).
In this workshop we guide participants to employ object-oriented magic to synthesise physical portals, arranging materials of your choice to summon your chosen intention/manifestation. Afterwards, we invite you to document your portals and submit them to our centralised portal project, to digitally augment and charge these gateways of insight with the ability to transport users outside of their algorithmic bubble.
By invoking chaos magic to find information that might guide us forward in the physical (and digital) world, our web page becomes a place for invocation of digital magic, a portal of portals, and a liminal space for contemplation of one’s intention. Embrace the legacy of chaos magic and the internet’s history of randomness, self-governance, free information and anonymous networking in defiance of the dominant rational, user-tailored, monetised social media monopoly of our current internet experience.
✨How to prepare for the workshop✨
Registration closes 2 days ahead of the workshop (May 5th) – make sure to register in time. Registered participants will receive a Portals prep package (newsletter-style mail out with preparation instructions).
🧐 Please note that this workshop will be recorded and streamed.
Crawlers is a feral creative collaboration between Lyndsey Walsh and Jess Cockerill. Crawlers is also a writhing, tangled cluster of biological science, visual art, horror cinema, wild technology, new-age mythology and a morbid fascination with the afterlife. Jess Cockerill is an Australian artist, writer and creative producer based in Naarm (Melbourne) with a background in digital journalism, conservation biology and illustration. Lyndsey Walsh is an American artist, designer, writer, creative producer, and researcher based in Berlin, DE. Both Jess and Lyndsey’s creative practices follow an ecocentric approach, drawing on their own experiences of queerness and disability in order to commune with living networks that are either politely ignored or actively rejected under present regimes. Working together as Crawlers, the artists are symbionts - not masters - of their environments: stirring up the debris, composting data, turning over the soil, rewiring the undergrowth.