Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Test SiteNo. 3: A Search for Open Ground
as part of
Shangrila 2013: Burrito Deluxe
Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA
August 31st, 2013
This performance 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 community 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, as well as for the development of a space dedicated to investigation and the search for knowledge.
Inspired by the remote, desert landscape of Joshua Tree and the historical significance of open land as a place for experimental societies to flourish, we follow the lead of the original Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Association, creating our own outpost in unoccupied territory. This work will feature an installation of ritual objects, including orientation and divination tools, as well as a performative orientation through the introduction of the Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Tract.
Semi-Tropical Spiritualists is a collaboration between Astri Swendsrud and Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg.
This performance is part of Shangrila 2013: Burrito Deluxe, a weekend of art and music taking place in Joshua Tree, CA, organized by Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson. Please see the official event invitation for further information and location.