Re-enchantment: Celebrating Modern Magic
Sunday the 3rd of April 2016, 12pm – 8.30pm
Asylum, Caroline Garden's Chapel, London SE15 2SQ
Dear wonderful friends and family,
As some of you know, as part of my MA I am putting on an exhibition at the Asylum, Peckham - a beautiful and rather haunting dilapidated chapel. While my underlying aim is to draw attention to the ways art has the power to save such neglected sacred spaces, my intention is also to use this space and this day as a platform to exhibit the work of some of the most talented people I know.
Re-enchantment, taking place on Sunday the 3rd of April will serve as a sort of festival, a miscellany of paintings, photography, sculpture, music and food. Through Re-enchantment, I want to bring together the work of my creative friends with people from all corners of my life.
I very much want to keep this event free, as the best things in life are. How lucky I have been to have had offers from such exceptional people to donate their talents to the show, and thanks to this it will be a relatively inexpensive venture. However there are a few essential costs for which I am pleading today for your help:
1. The wonderful Asylum earns its upkeep through the events it hosts, and for this I am required to pay £250 for its rent.
2. The exhibition will require funding to 'keep the lights on', that is for all the practical and seemingly less exciting aspects of curating - plinths, frames, hangers and lights.
3. Publications, invitations and press releases!
3. Lastly and perhaps a bit more excitingly, I am very keen to provide cocktails and cakes, free of charge to all visitors the event. You can thus see your donation as an investment - a little now will deliver lots of delights on the 3rd of April!
I want to thank you in advance for even the smallest donation. Every pound will be of value for this exciting event and if you believe as I do in the power of art to vastly enhance life, please join me on the 3rd of April for a celebration of inspiriting creativity.
‘The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization, and, above all, by the ‘disenchantment of the world.’ Precisely the ultimate and most sublime values have retreated from public life either into the transcendental realm of mystic life or into the brotherliness of direct and personal human relations.’ —Max Weber
In 1918 Max Weber claimed our contemporary existence is embodied by ‘disenchantment’, a world that no longer experiences euphoria through religion, but through a rationalised lens of humanism and science. For Weber, the secular Western world of modernity replaces the ‘great enchanted garden’ of traditional society. In recent discourse the notion of ‘re-enchantment’ has come to light, based on the belief that humans cannot stand to live in a disenchanted world. Through means other than religion then, we use ‘Modern Magic’, such as art, music and creative expression to manifest the euphoria and faith that religion may have once created, and re-enchant our very existence.
Re-enchantment: Celebrating Modern Magic seeks to pay tribute to these ventures, whilst attempting to demonstrate the ways in which art can help save dilapidated sacred spaces. The Asylum, a former chapel deconsecrated in the 20th century, provides a bewitching and worthy environment.
We have 5 artists confirmed for the show, and in the next few weeks I will be researching artists and commisioning new works and creatives to partake in this exciting venture. With your generous support this show cannot only provide an essential platform for new artists but also create the Sunday of your dreams - a fiesta of innovation, friends and modern magic, all under a historcally-rich and enchanting roof.