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Voudon: Art, Uprising, Gnosis & Rhythm

Voudon: Art, Uprising, Gnosis & Rhythm

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness salon presents:

Voudon: Art, Uprising, Gnosis & Rhythm

2pm-7pm, Saturday, 5th July, 2014 (1:30pm for a 2pm start)

The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London WC1N3AL

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Presenters/performers include:

David Beth

The Gnostic Science of Esoteric Voudon: Cosmos, Deity and Gnosis in the Work of a Voudon Secret Society

In this presentation David Beth, offers a rare glimpse into the Metaphysics and Modus Operandi of an initiatic Voudon Secret Society. Unique teachings on the soul, the esoteric dimensions of the cosmos and its primordial deities, form a powerful and complex system of Voudon; providing its adepts with the keys to attain magical powers, creative freedom and Gnostic liberation. Elaborating on these, and other central themes, the speaker takes us through some of the most hidden realms of Inner Voudon.

David Beth is an internationally respected spiritual and esoteric teacher. Born to German parents in Angola, Africa he has been initiated into several lineages of Afro-centric Gnosis, as well as Western forms of Esotericism. Amongst other accolades, David Beth is the founder of La Société Voudon Gnostique, a selective group of initiates and artists dedicated to manifesting the more powerful, inner revelations and transmissions of the Gods of Esoteric Voudon. SVG aims to push evolution and research of Voudon freely beyond all frontiers of orthodoxy. David has authored a range of authoritative books and essays on Voudon and related topics. He has recently established the esoteric publishing house: Theion Publishing. University educated in Germany and the USA, David has travelled and lived all over the world from Nigeria to Hamburg and Los Angeles to London, studying and teaching spiritual and esoteric systems for over two decades. David currently lives and works between Europe and Jets to Brazil

John Cussans

Voudon and the Haitian Revolution

John Cussans discusses the role of Vodou in anti-colonial struggles in Saint-Domingue/Haiti such as the famous Bwa Kayiman ceremony that inaugurated the Haitian Revolution and in resistance struggles against the USA occupation from 1915 to 1934. Attention is paid to the particular loa associated with these struggles and the colonial authority's responses to them.

John Cussans is an artist, writer and independent researcher whose current work examines misrepresentations of Haitian Vodou in popular culture, its association with moral panics within the mass media and its role in anti-colonial struggles. In 2009 and 2011 John participated in the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince and continues to work with the Ti Moun Rezistans artists’ community there. He is currently a visiting research fellow in the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths College.

Leah Gordon

Vodou and Art: a Border Culture

Leah Gordon explores the multifarious links between Vodou and art in both Haiti's rich art history and contemporary practice. Leah will discuss the use of image and artifact within Vodou ritual and the often-interchangeable role of artist and Houngan (Vodou priest). To conclude Gordon will explore the liminal space that contemporary artists currently inhabit whilst trying to negotiate their ancestral histories and cultural antecedents within a contemporary art market, which still has a conflicted relationship toward ethnographic and ritual objects

Leah Gordon is an artist, curator and writer who explores the boundaries between post-colonialism, religion, folk history and art. Her practice investigates the ruptures between Haiti and Britain's intervolved histories and cosmologies. Leah's work has been exhibited internationally including in the National Portrait Gallery, UK, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Dakar Biennale. Leah Gordon co-curated 'Kafou: Haiti, History & Vodou’ at the Nottingham Contemporary, was the adjunct curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale and was on the curatorial team of 'In Extremis: Death & Life in 21st Century Haitian Art' at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles and the Musee de la Civilisation, in Quebec City.

Louis Martinié

New Orleans Voodoo: An Order of Service

During this ritual session conjures developed at ceremonies held between 1995 and 2000 by the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple will be demonstrated. These conjures are part of a unique Order of Service found only in New Orleans based upon birthing desires, benedictions, or curses. The session will end with an honor bound conformation in this Order of Service given through the loa Blanc Dan-i. The conjures and their rhythmic expressions can be learnt without participating in the confirmation or having prior experience with percussion instruments, rhythms produced by and in the body are effective.

Louis Martinié is an author and internationally know percussionist, practitioner of New Orleans style Voodoo. He co-authored the book New Orleans Voodoo Tarot (1992) with Sallie Anne Glassman. Louis is a drummer, elder and Spiritual Doctor with The New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple and the primary drummer for the rituals of Priestess Miriam Chamani. He is the editor and founder of Black Moon Publishing. He speaks as a priest in The Practitioner, The Priest, and The Professor: Community (With Marty Laubach and Roselinda Clemons), Journal for the Academic Study of Magic (Volume 4) 2007, edited by D. Green, S. Graf, A. Hale.


David Beth | talks | www
Dr John Cussans | talks | www
Leah Gordan | talks | www
Louis MartiniƩ | talks | www


Date and Time:

5 July 2014 at 1:30 pm


Half Day



The October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester St
020 7242 7367

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