ξόρκια / INCANTATIONS





ξόρκια / incantations is an on-going project that researches the traditions and rituals from past and present cultures all over the world.

Ceremonial magic has a lot to do with: clarity of purpose, commitment, preparation, concentration, visualisation, patience and timing. Everything neuroscientists and psychologists advise you to consider and practice in order to improve your quality of life. All that, and to step out of the ordinary, out of your routine; to broaden (and surprise) your mind.

I am researching into the similarities between ceremonial magic and scientific advancements. By studying what we now categorise as “magic”, one can understand many aspects of a culture; it gives an insight into the language, beliefs, ancient medical practices, spirituality and above all the psychology of a specific society. By reading into scientific discoveries one can understand about the plasticity of our brains, how it manipulates information and how our body functions. I merge these two worlds, by deconstructing the language of science and the language of rituals and reconstructing a narrative of my own using a visual and verbal language - I create incantations based on specific communities and civilizations  that come in the form of postcards.

I have been selected to participate on an expeditionary residency program in the Article Circle for this project project. The program invites artists and scientists to develop their work aboard a specially outfitted Barquentine sailing vessel by exploring the high-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and Arctic Ocean.

If you are interested in supporting this project please contact me via email or take a look at my Patreon page for monthly donation options: www.patreon.com/artevlo

Postcards will soon be available for sale on my Easy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/ZEMMZEN