Date: Friday, October 23rd
This evening’s presentation by Brian Cotnoir will examine actual alchemical theory and practice and its use of image and symbol in creation and the creative process. We will discuss the alchemical concept of the Imaginary and explore its application in the arts through concrete examples from the earliest alchemical imagery through to the surrealists. There will also be a screening of a short section of a film in progress that plays with some of the ideas touched upon in the talk.
Brian Cotnoir is an independent researcher and author in the field of alchemy for over 35 years. He has given talks on alchemy and most recently he has presented papers on Arabic Alchemy at a conference in Granada, Spain and on Byzantine Alchemy in Istanbul, Turkey. He is author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, an introduction to its theory and practice, and is currently working on his next book, Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter. He is also an award winning filmmaker and editor.