“There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the very earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the art”. I believe this is completely literal. I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness.”
(Alan Moore, ‘The Mindscape of Alan Moore’, 2003)
As an art historian and museum curator, I work with, research, and write about objects and artworks every day. The more I do this the more I am convinced of the power of art, literature and music to transform. These are magical creations. However, in my day job I don’t always have the opportunity to explore the the outer edges of knowledge and ideas about the art, artefacts, literature and music that transform our lives and fire our imaginations. These posts are my musings on the intersections between the arts and the more occluded aspects of culture, the exploration of which the practicalities of working life in a museum don’t always allow.