Light and Shadow Salon: FROM THE WOODS


Doors open 7pm for 7:30 start

£5 on the door

The Light and Shadow Salon Presents

From The Woods: A night on animism and the environment

Curated by The Library of Obscure Wonders

With: Gyrus, Raksha Patel and Simon Mullen, Rot of the Stars, and Chiara Ambrosio.

Gyrus has been writing about altered states, esotericism and prehistory for over two decades. Drawing on his recent book 'North: The Rise and Fall of the Polar Cosmos', tonight he'll be talking about the meaning of animism, its history among indigenous peoples and its life and death in the modern era.

Rot of the Stars, sound and performance, A fine account of our Fig-2 installation by Matthew Shaw: "When the performance began the shamanic channeling of the microbial took collective consciousness to an animistic universality, of which we all played a part. Our guide departed as if by magic, her purpose completed after a sunwise channeling with liquid fluency building layers of texture on a once dark dawn." more here.

Raksha Patel' s drawings, paintings and films explore the place between the human body – made up of skin, muscle and organs – and the natural landscape.



The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms.

The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants.

The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis.

The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art.

The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’ (Hugh of St Victor)