Embarrassing Dead Magic Revived (Alternative Healing as a Human Right) was an experiential investigation into how to connect with the sacred for species survival during hyper mediated and culturally blended times in New York City. As a group, we explored terms and defined sacred as: deeper presence, vulnerability, intention, and acknowledgment of the self in another. Each meeting informed the chapter for the next.
Themes and Projects that arose were:
1. Gifting – an act of giving to acknowledge the I in you and the you in I.
We found that the exchange in gifting was a form of personal empowerment and affirmed the possibility for new networks of survival. One example: a fixed computer part DIY Style in Barnes & Nobles for vegan cookies baked for the group.
2. Ceremonies – not appropriated but rather genuine and intentional.
3. Spiritual activism arising from political activism or vice versa.
4. Magic spots – the pyschogeography of New York City relating perhaps to magical thinking- how does our associations with a place shape the reality of its mapped landscape? Connect the dots. =Constellation of experience to reveal meaning that drives the group.
5. Mouths – female symbol emerging in artwork. Feminist responses to political climate and capitalist over consumption.
6. Tinctures literal and symbolic – such as written poetry words on a jar of a real tincture to infuse the herbs as they sat in the jar or a sleep tincture-metaphorical- with Z beads and scents.
Group Members: Mara Kravitz, Kimberly Reinhardt, Haoyan of America, Melinda Kiefer
Organized by Melinda Kiefer, a multidisciplinary artist/yogi/educator. Practicing yoga for 15 years, she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from Kripalu Center and is also a Reiki II practitioner. She completed her Masters in Fine Art at Purchase College SUNY. She excitedly combines her passions for their synergistic potential. Melinda has led experimental yoga classes in art galleries and wellness centers alongside teaching art with a ritualistic focus.