October 30th 2014 saw the launch of the first Black mirror volume: Black Mirror 0 – Territory, edited by Judith Noble, Dominic Shepherd and Robert Ansell and published by Fulgur Esoterica. The launch was held at the Cobb Gallery, London and included a sonic performance by Mark Titchner and Alex Tucker entitled The Fool.
Black Mirror 0 – Territory is the first in series of peer-reviewed volumes produced by the Black Mirror research network which examines the place of magic, the occult and the esoteric in contemporary and modernist arts. The book includes both academic essays by leading scholars in this field including Massimo Introvigne, Jesse Bransford and Gavin Parkinson, and contributions from artists including Jeremy Deller, Mark Titchner, Suzanne Treister and Marie von Heyl. This first volume seeks to examine the contested territories of both the arts and the esoteric, which are inhabited by artists, academics and occult practitioners alike.
The Black Mirror research network is based at the Arts University Bournemouth. Produced by both academic researchers and artists, it reflects a growing critical movement which seeks to critique the dominant twentieth century notion of disenchantment.
Its philosophy is deliberately pluralistic and it is intended to act as a hub for all those interested in the study of magic and the esoteric within the arts. Future Black Mirror volumes will examine specific themes and debates.