Semi Tropic Spiritualist Test Site No. 1
Astri Swendsrud and Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg
Part of Los Angeles Road Concert's Mulholland Dérive.
This project is part of a series of works exploring the history of spiritual and occult belief in Los Angeles through the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, an organization that created a campsite meeting place outside the city limits of Los Angeles in 1905. Spiritualism has described itself as a science, a philosophy and a religion. We are interested in this system as a model for exploring ideas of faith and skepticism, belief and charlatanism.
Like the original Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, for this work we have created an encampment at the city’s edge, looking back to the historic core of Los Angeles and the sites of early spiritualist and occult activity. In this performance, the public is invited to interact with sculptural divination tools available at our site. Through methods of research, divination and intuition, lost or hidden sites of spiritualist practice will be revealed.