‘By the precepts passed down by the village Elders, the story was never to be consecrated in the absence of candlelight. Upon the advent of its telling, the wicks of candles were therefore always kindled by bedsides at night, along the windowsills in classrooms, and upon the mantelpieces of every home. A single beeswax candle always burned in the heart of the Great Hall. Tall as a man and thick as a tree-trunk, the candle was rooted in an ornamented brass candelabra, its yellowed beeswax surface richly carved in commemoration of the story it embodied. For generations the flame had never darkened, and the Elders had sustained its light from month to month, from season to season, always marking each transition to a new candle with solemn ceremony.’
Hand-sewn booklet, printed on handmade cotton rag pages with deckled edges. 10x30cm.
My story Horrill Hill has been made available for free download by Mount Abraxas Press. Originally appearing in Wound of Wounds, An Ovation to Emil Cioran, the anthology is edited by Damian Murphy and Dan Ghetu. Featuring stories by Douglas Thompsen, Justin Isis, Alcebiades Diniz Miguel, Rhys Hughes, Thomas Strømsholt, Damian Murphy, Jonathan Wood, Adam Golanski, Stephen Friedman, Andrew Condus, John Padget, Colin Insole, Adam S Cantwell, Charles Schneider, and with an introduction by Eugene Thacker.
Thank you to the incredibly talented musicians and actors who have worked tirelessly in front and behind the camera with me on these visual works over the years. Every video has taught me new things, and they hopefully build upon each other, only to eventually come back full circle somehow, before they invariably open up to new vistas of experimentation and possibility. Sometimes you have to stop for a moment, make some form of note taking, before you push on, seeking and hunting for those new arresting images and feelings.
I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of the Luisa Fernanda Opera on the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Theatre on June 5th. This was a great evening and a wonderful production. I was given the opportunity to return to the opera and take some pictures backstage before the final performance. I have posted some selections below from that evening. The opera was directed by Dr. Janelle Destefano and conducted by Dr. James Martin. I want to thank them, and the entire cast and crew for being so generous and allowing me to take these pictures.