Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum
“The philosophical mercury can only be made the dry way.” — E. Canseliet
“For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself: but when men fall to framing conclusions out of their knowledge, applying it to their particular, and ministering to themselves thereby weak fears or vast desires, there groweth that carefulness and trouble of mind which is spoken of: for then knowledge is no more Lumen siccum, whereof Heraclitus the profound said, Lumen siccum optima anima; but it becometh Lumen madidum or maceratum, being steeped and infused in the humours of the affections.” — Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning
Fields of Light – Lumen Siccum presents an aural administration of chymical procedure. Digested fragments of light, moments of inspiration and experimentation, separated, dissolved, sublimated, and fixed through the application of digital spagyria.
Sounds assembled 2010-2012, Processed & Fixed 2012
David Metcalfe is a Contributing Editor for Reality Sandwich, and acting Books Editor for The Revealer, the online journal of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. Focusing on the interstices of art, culture, and consciousness, his writing has been featured in The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized 2011) and Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness (North Atlantic/Evolver Editions 2012).
Writing and scrawling for The Eyeless Owl, his illustrations were brought to life in the animated collaborative grotesquery A Serious Enquiry Into the Vulgar Notion of Nature featured at select venues in downtown Chicago during the Spring and Fall of 2010. He also writes regularly for Modern Mythology, Reality Sandwich, The Revealer, Evolutionary Landscapes, Disinfo.com, The Teeming Brain and co-hosts The Art of Transformations study group with support from the International Alchemy Guild.