OCCULTURE Berlin | Geraldine Hudson
Where Does A Body End - Artists talk reflecting on ritual performative practice
Geraldine Hudson
Geraldine Hudson
(Fully naked inside a circle of candles, I begin to unfurl from the floor, the watchers sit still in the darkness, smothered in the sound of my heartbeat. Slowly and deliberately, I paint my bare flesh with juice and the ash from before, clothe myself in my robe, and begin the working) Topography Of The Witch is an ongoing experiential research project started last year where I attempt to communicate the inaudible and the unseen, the relationship between the flesh and the dirt, to translate longing of the visceral into a language, albeit an occulted, codified one. I explore the phenomenological experience of the body as a transmitting device, intuitive and consciously unconscious. This artists talk is a reflection on the female magickal body in performative ritual practice, as trained artist and practicing occultist my performances nearly always take place at a specific site in order to connect with the genius loci, the piece at Occulture 2018 was an exception.
Geraldine is an interdisciplinary British artist and curator currently based in Stockholm. After finishing her masters in 2006, where she was working with Jungian archetypes, sexuality and transgression in relation to carnival/ritual, place and event, her practice has gradually evolved to acknowledge her own relationship to the esoteric, as experiential research rather than anthropological study. Working primarily at the intersections between site/place, myth, psychological topography & the liminal experience of the female magickal body. With an ongoing obsession with heterotopia and hierophany, she attempts to communicate something about the human state of being, through embracing the shadow, specifically focusing on the space between.