Borders & Bridges: Guided Tours of Human Wonder

mentaists-cover-color-webAn evening with Jeff Hoke, creator of The Museum of Lost Wonder and Clint Marsh, author of The Mentalist’s Handbook

Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 8:00 pm
Admission: $5.00

Phantasmaphile Presents:
Through the mediums of self-published pamphlets and the books they inspired, these artistic collaborators have devoted themselves to navigating the border between personal wonder and historical fact.

A writer and publisher of “practical esoterica,” Marsh will tell how childhood exposure to a private library of occult tomes sent him on a lifelong journey walking the line between skepticism and belief. The events leading to the creation of The Mentalist’s Handbook—and the letters Marsh receives from its readers—form the basis of an ongoing study of the crossroads of imagination and reality.

Hoke will discuss the alchemical structure of The Museum of Lost Wonder—an activity book whose projects bridge art, science, and personal enlightenment. These themes are explored further in Hoke’s latest work, Tomb of Illumination. Here, the final resting place of Christian Rosenkreutz is used as a metaphor for the historical separation of art and science, holding hopes for the reunification of fact with faith and consciousness with the worlds beyond.

The Museum of Lost Wonder and The Mentalist’s Handbook (both published by Weiser Books) and Hoke’s Tomb of Illumination folio will be available for purchase.

About the presenters:
Jeff Hoke has been creating museum exhibits for more than twenty-five years. A former curator for Chicago’s Field Museum, Hoke is currently senior exhibit designer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. His work there earned Hoke the 2003 Curator’s Award for Exhibit Design, and his first book, The Museum of Lost Wonder, was named “Best Graphic Novel” by Independent Publisher Magazine. lostwonder.org

Clint Marsh is a writer and publisher of practical esoterica. He initially issued the essays that comprise his first book, The Mentalist’s Handbook, as a series of booklets in homage to the occult pamphleteers who inspire his writing. A journalism graduate of the University of Iowa, Marsh lives in Berkeley, California, where he distributes his works through Wonderella Printed. wonderella.org

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