Jamie Sutcliffe

Jamie Sutcliffe is a writer, curator, and codirector of Strange Attractor Press. His writings have appeared in Art Monthly, Frieze, Rhizome, and other publications

  • Magic


    Jamie Sutcliffe

    The first accessible reader on magic's generative relationship with contemporary art practice.

    This volume brings together for the first time writings by artists, magicians, historians, and theorists that illuminate the vibrant correspondences between contemporary art and magical consciousness. From the hexing of presidents to a renewed interest in herbalism and atavistic forms of self-care, magic furnishes the contemporary imagination with complex bodies of arcane thought that have inspired artists to reconsider the relationship between the symbolic and the pragmatic.

    Dispensing with simple narratives of re-enchantment, Magic illustrates the intricate ways in which we have to some extent always been captivated by the allure of the numinous, and shows how magical culture's tendencies toward secrecy, occlusion, and encryption have provided contemporary artists with strategies of remedial communality, a renewed faith in the invocational power of personal testimony, and a poetics of practice that boldly questions socially sanctioned techniques of medical and psychiatric care. Magic deciphers the evolution of a “magical-critical” thinking that necessarily complicates and contradicts the boundaries of a capitalist-realist malaise.

    Artists surveyed include

    Morehshin Allahyari, Sofia Al-Maria, Kenneth Anger, Wallace Berman, Annie Besant, A.A. Bronson, Elijah Burgher, Leonora Carrington, Ian Cheng, Ithell Colquhoun, Maya Deren, Benedict Drew, Mary Beth Edelman, Barbara Hammer, David Hammons, Susan Hiller, Cameron Jamie, Derek Jarman, Travis Jeppesen, Mike Kelley, Mark Leckey, Ana Mendieta, Henri Michaux, Jeremy Millar, Elizabeth Mputu, Katrina Palmer, Holly Pester, Tabita Rezairre, Harry Smith, Austin Osman Spare, Linda Stupart, Jenna Sutela, Saya Woolfalk, Zadie Xa, Matsuzawa Yutaka

    Writers include

    Emily LaBarge, Peter Bebergal, Walter Benjamin, Michael Bracewell, Roger Caillois, Lou Cornum, Timothy d'Arch Smith, Erik Davis, Owen Davies, Aria Dean, Allan Doyle, Ramsey Dukes, Deirdre English, Barbara Ehrenreich, Silvia Federici, Dion Fortune, Kristen Gallerneaux, Carlo Ginzburg, Phil Hine, Ronald Hutton, Jeffrey Kripal, Erica Lagalisse, Michel Leiris, Esther Leslie, Patricia MacCormack, Alan Moore, Victoria Nelson, Mark Pilkington, Israel Regardie, Jeffrey Sconce, Louis Chude-Sokei, Starhawk, Michael Taussig, Elvia Wilk, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Jackie Wang

    • Paperback $24.95
  • Strange Attractor Journal Five

    Strange Attractor Journal Five

    Mark Pilkington and Jamie Sutcliffe

    The return of the Strange Attractor Journal, offering a characteristically eclectic collection of high weirdness from the margins of culture.

    After seven years of silence, the acclaimed Strange Attractor Journal returns with a characteristically eclectic collection of high weirdness from the margins of culture. Covering previously uncharted regions of history, anthropology, art, literature, architecture, science, and magic since 2004, each Journal has presented new and unprecedented research into areas that scholarship has all too often ignored.

    Featuring essays from academics, artists, enthusiasts, and sorcerers, Journal Five explores matters including the folklore of foghorns; the occult origins of the dissident surrealist secret society the Acéphale; the pleasures of heathen falconry; the dark cosmological mysteries of Bremen's Haus Atlantis; a provisional taxonomy of animals with human faces; a twentieth-century crucifixion on Hampstead Heath, and an unpublished horror script by David MacGillivray and Ken Hollings.

    Journal Five sees Strange Attractor continuing in its mission to celebrate unpopular culture.

    Join us.

    • Paperback $21.95