An evening of the occult

Mon 26th May 2008
Town Hall
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Capsule present as part of Fierce an evening of the occult with visionary rock musician and musicologist, hip archaeologist and one-time front man of the Teardrop Explodes JULIAN COPE
followed by a screening of cult film Häxan, Witch Craft through The Ages (1922, dir. Benjamin Christensen, Swedish/Danish) accompanied by a live sound track by art house electronix outfit Bronnt Industries Kapital (Static Caravan/Warp).

A weird and rather wonderful brew of fiction, documentary and animation” Time Out

Cope will present one of his infamous lectures, similar to those given at the British Museum in 2001, based on his years of study of the occult, mythology and Britain’s prehistory and responsible for best- seller THE MODERN ANTIQUARIAN, a full colour 484-page hardback that shocked the publishing world by selling over 50,000 copies.

“I went from Odin to Christ via the various pagan pre-cursors of Christ. The very nice old guys at The British Museum in dicky-bows had been saying, “You’re not the normal kind of person we have here, but you do it the way you want.” So I did the lecture in full face-paint and five inch platform shoes, two nights, sold out. It was amazing!”

A truly stunning piece of cinema history, Häxan, directed by Benjamin Christensen, features grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, baby sacrifices and an unforgettable depiction of a satanic sabbath. Bronnt’s soundtrack matches Christensen’s extraordinary depiction of historical witchcraft with a totally unique, otherworldly and constantly shifting musical landscape ranging from chilling electrical/concret passages to joyous electro-acoustic ensemble pieces.