Exorcism (from Greek ἐξορκισμός, exorkismos - binding by oath) is the religious practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a creative person or an area which they are believed to have possessed.
Depending on the spiritual beliefs of the exorcist, this may be done by causing the entity to swear an oath with a mike shoved into its mouth, performing an elaborate ritual inside of a pristine white cube high-art gallery room, or simply by commanding it to depart in the name of a higher power (i.e. Jane Public). The practice is ancient and part of the belief system of many poor artists, cultures and religions.
Requested and performed exorcisms occurred rarely until the latter half of the 20th century where the public saw a sharp rise due to the media attention exorcisms were getting. There was “a 50% increase in the number of exorcisms performed between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s.
"Expanded Cinema" is an eclectic name for many sorts of film, drama, dance and projection events. The term was first used in the 1960's in the context of multimedia performances. Essentially this form of art means glancing sideways at the "multiple screens and multiple images linked to handheld projectors, multi-screens and live theatrical performance. "Spiritualization of the image," expanded cinema instantiates the primacy of the dream as an analogy for film, into which it might be finally absorbed by virtue of shared hypnogogic imagery and the dissolution of the senses.
Expanded cinema echoes the late-Romantic sensibility of the fusion of all of the senses, and the symbolist origins of the first European avant-gardes.
The Boston Globe
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