july 2016: ixi illustrations
A selection of some of the imagery being drawn up for the forth coming publication by Jack Macbeth, IXI, a treatise on sorcery.
may 2016: the bear space
A FoulPlay Production
Dec 2015: The Butcher; A Folk Opera R&D Lyme Regis
A week of Research & Development working with Paul Mosley on the theatrical and puppetry aspects of his Folk Opera telling the tale of love lost and the confounding machinations of the misguided Butcher. Click here for more imagery.
Nov 2015: Voice Over for mini-web documentary Making Good by Ben Thompsett & Co for Wheel Barrow Productions.
Illustrating the forth-coming treatise on sorcery entitled 'IXI' by Jack Macbeth
Viscera, Gore, Unknown Organs and the Dove From Above
The tapestry of the dove for the cushion cover has really taken its time. That type of filling has rapidly spiraled from pleasantly calming to infuriatingly slow. I have started punctuating the elegance of the dove on one hand, with the experimenting and manufacture of internal organs and viscera.
Magick THEMED SOFT FURNISHINGS - Jan 2015
Following some rather nagging and persistent mental images of cephalopod nature, I have undertaken to rid my mind of their loitering presence by manufacturing the images as cushion covers and other soft furnishings. If necessary i will be making a very small stack of the various designs for sale at the shop, on this site, if it opens.
FOULPLAY FANTASTIC FOXHUNT PROP DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING - FEB-APR 2014
The local rag mentions us, albeit briefly, with a pic here.
RITUAL RITUAL RITUAL
Ritual, Ritual: Ritual - A Three Part Performance lecture
For completion and staging in early September 2013, this performance lecture which uses large freestanding wheeled boards, focuses on 7 lessons that address the practice of ritual, hoping to inform and inspire the seven audience members sufficiently equipping them for an experiment in ritual.
On board at the moment to appear in the threefold performance are dramaturge and director, Jack Stigner, and accomplished ritual performer Adrian Dobbie.
What starts as a lecture on ritual themes, evolves into a ritual practice undertaken by the audience over a span of 40minutes.
This show is scheduled to appear at Brighton's performance art venue The Basement, on 11th September 2013. There will three shows that evening, so places are extremely limited.
The first phase of Ulysses Black's comprehensive assessment of the nature of ritual and its practice. This is the principle area of specialisation for Ulysses Black. As the result of over twenty years of exploration and research into ritual; its mechanics and artistry, this book should offer the reader and ritual practitioner many new and intricate possibilities to incorporate into the development of ritual practices.
There is no critical biographical context for this work, it spanning such a long period. formal work on the book spans 2011 onwards.
This will also be accompanied with performance, performance lectures and workshops all dealing exclusively with the structures and practices of ritual.
An exhaustive analysis of the tarot as a means of developing personal symbolic vocabularies with which to navigate and understand ones life. It forms an extremely personal, and some might say controversial appraisal of the tarot. There is a biographical context for the work, and itself forms part of the authors magical diary. This covers the period from 2010 onwards. The manuscript is of a significant size, and requires considerable expansion and editing to bring it to a publishable state.
A small volume detailing the magico-artistic ordeal undertaken by Ulysses Black and Matthew Delahunt in 2010. This undertaking is described in the UB-Initiative.
The book contains the 54 section diary of the ordeal, photographic documentation and reflective essays.
The Voyage of Ulysses Black - complete edition
This is the second edition of the book which details the first phase of the Ulysses Black Initiative. Because the creation of the first edition (2009) was itself part of the Ulysses Black Initiative, this revised edition spans the full publicly declared Explorations in Mythology, with additional reflective material on Authentic Action.
The book is large format, full colour with lavish imagery and layout. It is currently awaiting sufficient funds to be printed.
The Device [working title]
An account of the magical operation of the Device, with complete description of the procedure and instructions for the creation of such an enigmatic artefact. The biographical context for this work covers late 2007 and early 2008.
IXI: The Grimoire of the Crossroads [working title] by Jack macbeth
An in-depth treatise on sorcery with particular emphasis on its practice and methodology. The biographical element of this work covers the period of time between 2002, (following the publication of the Totemic Invocation of the Shadow Selves) and reached its apex around 2008, before returning to the shadows once again.
All words and images on www.ulyssesblack.com copyright 2015.