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Marco Pasi: Power of Magic, Magic of Power
Power of Magic, Magic of Power
(p. 169 – 172)

Marco Pasi

Power of Magic, Magic of Power

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  • occultism
  • spiritism
  • contemporary art
  • ritual

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Marco Pasi

is associate professor in the history of hermetic philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam. The focus of his research, teaching and publishing activity lies in the history of modern Western esotericism and its relation to magic, art and politics. Pasi, who holds a PhD in religious studies, is a leading member of the Enchanted Modernities research network and a former fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt. He co-curated various exhibitions, such as La Chambre des Cauchemars: Peintures inconnues d’Aleister Crowley at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2008), Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits at the MUMA Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne, 2015) and Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2016). His book Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (2014) has been translated into several languages.
Other texts by Marco Pasi for DIAPHANES
Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Real Magic

In Western societies a newly discovered and very lively interest in magical practices and occult knowledge can be witnessed. The magical seems to be evolving into a popular phenomenon that affects society as a whole and is also becoming the subject of intense debate in artistic and academic-scientific contexts. The book Real Magic investigates the current realities of the magical in the contemporary arts, sciences and everyday culture. It explores the present Western residues and forms of magical practices, the current potentials of magical perception and thinking in a world largely determined by financialised instrumental reason, and also the drawbacks of occultism. The publication is the result of the fourth annual programme of the cx centre of interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.