The seven-part series Utopia / Dystopia, presented by Hauser & Wirth Publishers in association with Morbid Anatomy, continues with an installment engaging with the complex theme of sexual utopias. Author and scholar Asti Hustvedt will lead with Nature Perfected: The Dream of the Artificial Woman, a discussion on the novel ‘The Future Eve,’ by Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, followed by alchemist and artist Brian Cotnoir’s talk on the alchemical wedding. The evening will wrap up with a talk by Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist and founder of the Center for Studies on New Religions, who proposes that sex magic is alive and well.
Utopia / Dystopia will run through March 2018. Future events include:
With Asti Hustvedt, Brian Cotnoir, and Massimo Introvigne
Wednesday 15 November 2017, 7 pm
Accidental Dystopia: El Helicoide – From Mall to Prison
With Celeste Olalquiaga
Wednesday 6 December 2017, 7 pm
Brian Cotnoir is an alchemist, artist, award-winning filmmaker, and author of ‘The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy’ (Weiser Books, 2005) and ‘Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter’ (Khepri Press, 2017). He has presented seminars and workshops around the world on various aspects of the art.
Asti Hustvedt is an independent scholar who has a PhD in French literature. She has written extensively on hysteria and is the author of ‘Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris’ (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). She has published many translations and is the editor of ‘The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France.’
Massimo Introvigne is a professor of Sociology in Torino, Italy, and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). He is the author of some sixty books about religious pluralism and esotericism, including the monumental ‘Satanism: A Social History’ (Brill, 2016), and of more than one hundred articles in academic publications, several of them devoted to the relationship between esoteric and occult movements and modern art.