Everyday Magic: Analyzing the Esoteric Aesthetics and Narrative Within Contemporary Art and Popular Culture (80440)

Session Information: Religion, Spirituality
Session Chair: Andrej Kapcar

Saturday, 25 May 2024 18:00
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The times where esoteric practices and practitioners were exclusively bound to secrecy, clandestinely meeting in remote locations to practice their craft are long over. Reflecting the technological advancement of the past decades, in combination with social and ideological changes within the society, modern magical practices have evolved as well. In an attempt to break free from the old, hierarchical and dogmatic forms of ceremonial magic, and establishing an individualistic and pragmatic approach, visual and performance art have proven to be an important source of inspiration. Implementing esoteric aesthetics and philosophy into their work, artists created a unique, appealing amalgamation of spirituality and art. Magical practice, a part of the larger New Age movement, was slowly becoming a lifestyle for many. Its rise in popularity was not left unnoticed by one of the most dominant driving forces of modern society – popular culture. With its ability to absorb and adapt any influential trends, depictions of magical practice have become sources of entertainment. Magical worlds, supernatural powers and esoteric symbolism entered millions of households around the world through cinema, animation, or digital entertainment industry. These captivating artistic reimaginations of often genuine magical teachings subsequently found their way back into the esoteric practice. Many modern practitioners of magic apply elements from movies, animation, or video games into their rituals. This presentation, based on several chosen case studies, will focus on the interplay between the contemporary esoteric practices and popular culture, and their mutual influence on each other.

Andrej Kapcar, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Andrej Kapcar is a University Doctoral Student at Masaryk University in Brno in Czech Republic

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