Monday, 23 January 2012

Moodboard - Demons and their Sigils of Summoning, Occult Geometry, and Neon Spirits

As Arthur C Clarke says: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." These beautiful symbols have been making the internet rounds lately. In this form, they appear almost like circuit diagrams. I approve of this graphical style! Internet indicates that some of these resemble sigils in the Lesser Key of Solomon.

I put together some moodboards with similar artwork that I like.


In Walter Miller's "A Canticle for Leibowitz", Civilisation is described as having been once destroyed by a nuclear war, and subsequently a backlash occurs against technology (which had led to the development of nuclear weapons), resulting in "Simplification" and the killing of intelligent people and burning of books.

Centuries after this event, there was an monastic order that somehow survived (a little bit like how monk's would have lived in the dark ages) and the abbey was focused on preserving and copying these religious texts. Over the course of the book, we soon realise that these religious text they had hoarded and preserved were similar to mundane things we see in the present century - shopping lists, receipts, science notes, circuit diagrams. They had copied and memorised it as if it were knowledge from God although they did not always know what it meant, but this information had actually been the detailed knowledge and diagrams of the science and technology that man once had, but had chosen to forget because of the terrors of nuclear war...


Neon lights and the occult are something that seem perfectly matched as we move into an LED-lit era. Chinese funerals, temple festivals, and certain other taoist religious ceremonies in Singapore are also commonly festooned with intense, running neon light displays.


Yama, God of Hell, at Newton Circus Food Centre last year.


Here is more detail from Gaspar Noe's Enter the Void, which was a somewhat indulgent and long-winded film with long tracking shots, but also lovely drugged out visuals with soft focus and mainly neon colours. Appropriately, the film is also modelled after The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which piques the interest of the main character just before he is unexpectedly and suddenly killed, and his soul seems to float through the feverish, neon-lit nights of Tokyo...

From SFgate: "Noé says, "The longest astral trip you can find is the one described in the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead,' so I thought that book would be a great way to structure a hallucinatory vision for two hours." To research psychedelic experience firsthand, Noé journeyed to Latin America.

"In the Peruvian jungle, I drank some extremely hallucinogenic ayahuasca," he recalls. "Everything seems like it's made out of neon lights. It would have been a lot easier if the designers had tried it themselves because it is difficult to explain these visions to people who never had those experiences.""

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