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Carl Abrahamsson: Contra Contra Means Pro – A Swinging Pendulum
Contra Contra Means Pro – A Swinging Pendulum
(p. 29 – 36)

Carl Abrahamsson

Contra Contra Means Pro – A Swinging Pendulum

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  • occultism
  • contemporary art
  • ritual
  • spiritism

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Carl Abrahamsson

is a Swedish writer living in Stockholm and an ‘occultural entrepreneur’. Since the mid 1980s he has worked with a number of artists as editor, music producer, filmmaker, photographer and curator. For instance, he has worked with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in the ‘occultural network’ Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth and on the production of records and books. Abrahamsson edits the annual publication The Fenris Wolf, which is dedicated to the interface between art and esotericism. In addition, closely associated with The Fenris Wolf is Abrahamsson’s The Institute of Comparative Magico-anthropology, a combination of archive and think tank. Alongside writing and teaching, his current focus is on filmmaking, above all with the documentary series An Art Apart, which portrays radical artists.
Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Real Magic

In Western societies a newly discovered and very lively interest in magical practices and occult knowledge can be witnessed. The magical seems to be evolving into a popular phenomenon that affects society as a whole and is also becoming the subject of intense debate in artistic and academic-scientific contexts. The book Real Magic investigates the current realities of the magical in the contemporary arts, sciences and everyday culture. It explores the present Western residues and forms of magical practices, the current potentials of magical perception and thinking in a world largely determined by financialised instrumental reason, and also the drawbacks of occultism. The publication is the result of the fourth annual programme of the cx centre of interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.