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The Avebury cycle with Michael Dames

On Saturday 24th March, just past the Equinox I met one of my hero's, Michael Dames. I first read The Silbury Treasure by Michael, and had to get my hands on The Avebury Cycle straight afterwards, really though I would recommend any of his writing. The guy is amazing. On this occasion Michael had been invited to a moot organised rom the switched on guys from the network of Ley hunters, a great bunch an a three day Avebury trip. I joined them with some friends for the Saturday, beginning with Michael performing a Plough Jag play in the center of the circle, using us to replace missing and fallen stones, and to get right into his Avebury theories, which literally we're brought to life from the pages of Michael himself. An added bonus and great honor for me was to help Michael by becoming one of his Bulls, along with another game chap. OK, so maybe I felt a slight twinge of embarrassment initially while putting on this cardboard mask but this was Michael dames, and he neded b…

The Rot of the Stars

Last month I took a trip to the ICA in London for a perfomance art experience titled 'The Rot of the Stars'.

The introduction to the event read "ROTS is a collaboration between Jo Fisher Roberts and Mark O Pilkington. Jo is an artist with an interest in natural history and the grotesque, currently working primarily in live art and installation. Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, Jo exhibits internationally and teaches Natural History Illustration. Mark is a writer and experimental musician; he also founded and runs Strange Attractor Press."

In reality the space in which one entered was quite otherworldly, or more literally under-earthly. The same kind of atmosphere as being below ground, in a cave, or Fogou or Souterrain. The darkness and light pulsating cocoon / womb in the center of the room the main visual focus. Aurally, washes of sounds at low level maintained and added to the visual signals and our olfactory sense was awakened by a mycelium fragranc…

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