The Tiered World

"As do other shamanistic peoples throughout the world, the San [or "bushmen"] believe in a realm above and another below the surface of the world on which they live... Concepts of a tiered universe are, of course, not restricted to shamanistic religions. Heaven above, Hell below, and the level of anxious humanity in-between appear in one form or another across the globe. Why should this be so?

A Conversation With Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is a contributing editor at Ribbonfarm, and published Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide through Nine-Banded Books in 2014. Perry occupies a Gertrude Stein-esque role in the intellectual community of post-rationalism, bringing people together into a salon-like digital space while also producing vitally important work of her own. Perry's writing has dealt with issues ranging from existentialist ethics and… Continue reading A Conversation With Sarah Perry

Post-Ritual Space: Berghain

“To pilgrims and many expats, it is a temple of techno, a consecrated space, a source of enchantment and wonder.” Nick Paumgarten, “Berlin Nights” I. Introduction 70 Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin today hosts one of the most famous and influential electronic music venues in the world, notorious for its fetish scenes and its place as… Continue reading Post-Ritual Space: Berghain

Text, Telos, and Ritual

I've been set free and I've been bound To the memories of yesterday's clouds I've been set free and I've been bound And now I'm set free I'm set free to find a new illusion — "I'm Set Free," The Velvet Underground “As time goes on... the universe becomes more and more what experience has revealed,… Continue reading Text, Telos, and Ritual