Egregores & Grimoires | Schinkel Pavilion: Jon Rafman

15 September - 31 December 2022

15 September 2022 – 31 December 2022


Jon Rafman (b. 1981 in Quebec) takes over the Schinkel Pavillon's Klause with Egregores & Grimoires presenting four visual works from 2021 and 2022. The exhibition title derives from the language of Magick by Aleister Crowley, where a Grimoire is a spell-book, and Egregore is an Occult concept representing a non-physical entity arriving from the collective unconscious that has taken on a life of its own.  
In PUNCTURED SKY (2021), the visitor follows a former gamer on an unsettling journey through uncanny environments in search of an old computer game that has seemingly disappeared from history without a trace. The film resembles a so called Creepypasta, a horror-related legend, modified, copied, and pasted across the web with vague or anonymous origins. PUNCTURED SKY touches on questions of interpersonal relationships, the twists and turns of one's memory, and the dynamic psychology of the isolated, atomized individual.




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Two narrative videos by Rafman, Minor Daemon, Vol. 1 (2022) and Punctured Sky (2021), are featured in a parallel solo exhibition at Spruth Magers: