Dr Vanessa Sinclair and artist Katelan Foisy will present their ongoing research into the implications of the cut-up method of Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs, specifically when integrated with theory and practice of chaos magic, witchcraft, art, and psychoanalysis. Foisy and Sinclair are currently working on a book paying tribute to Burroughs and Gysin’s seminal work The Third Mind. Through a series of experimentations, some taken directly from TheThird Mind while others inspired by it, the pair explore the spaces that can be created when systems are broken down. By calling upon the work of artists who highlight the importance of the cut in their own work, the pair examine the essential nature of the cut in creation.
They will discuss their work, personal experience and areas of research interest, opening up a dialogue between practitioners in fields of study that rarely have a chance to engage with one another yet often operate in similar and complementary ways. This talk is the first in a series curated by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair for Morbid Anatomy Museum in NYC.
Katelan Foisy is a multimedia artist, writer and witch. Her fine art pieces have been displayed at The Worcester Art Museum, Ohio History Museum, MODA, WEAM, A&D Gallery, and Last Rights. She has graced the pages of the Grammy Award programs and the stage of the immersive plays “Speakeasy Dollhouse” and “Brother’s Booth.” Katelan has been featured in NY Times, Elle Magazine, Paper Magazine, GQ Italy, Time Out NY and many others for her work both as an artist and curator. She has written for Motherboard/VICE, Electric Literature, Luna Luna, and COILHOUSE. She has been called a “Female Jack Kerouac” by Taylor Mead and a "Modern-day Incarnation of Francesca Woodman" by Cynthia von Buhler.
Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. She is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis, which facilitates psychoanalytic lectures, classes and events in and around New York City. She contributes to various publications including The Fenris Wolf (Edda Publishing), DIVISION/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, and the Brooklyn Rail.
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