Small Divinities – A5 saddle-stitched chapbook, with essay and incantations, printed on finest Tintoretto Gesso stock, and accompanying CD by Luigi Turra
Limited Edition – 30 Copies, signed, numbered
Published: 28th March 2020 ( February publication delayed due to CD Production issues)
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Another tributary of The Land Incanted series of text-works, Small Divinities further extends the themes set down in the last edition, They Shall Not Rise Until Light Shines Upon Them.
Located on the remote Bronze Age site at Flag Fen, in Cambridgeshire , UK, this project takes as its focus some of the archaeological records of artefacts found bequeathed to the waters at Flag Fen, and juxtaposes them with poetic ‘incantations’ accompanying my own offerings or ‘placements’. Made from natural detritus, these placements are secreted in remote locations and left to resonate with the environment, creating invisible links between object and place. In a similar vein, the ancient Bronze Age artefacts were deposited into the fen waters for reasons unknown. Were these merely the rubbish and litter of a decaying culture, or ceremonial objects designed as oblations – offerings to some unknown deity? More often than not, it is the smallest, most discrete objects and gestures that resonate in the most potent ways…
….Inside the bag were the most extraordinary objects: a piece of amber bead, a small conch shell -and the broken piece of a larger one – a small cube of wood – a flint flake – a number of different dried roots – a piece of bark – the tail of a grass snake – a falcon’s claw – a small, slender pair of tweezers – a bronze knife in a leather case – a razor with a horse’s head handle in a case bound with a leather thong – a small flint knife stitched into an intestine or a bladder – a small inch and a half long leather case in which there was the lower jaw of a young squirrel – and a small bladder or intestine containing several small articles. ..“
“The Mound People can have no doubts that the priests or chieftains, with the help of their amulets, had power over sickness and hidden dangers . How, and for what purposes the use of many different things had been used, we do not know, but faith in amulets for bringing happiness or warding off evil, and in their powers of healing and witchcraft, persist to the present day, and may perhaps have their roots in the Bronze Age. “
Excerpts from: The Mound People, Danish Bronze Age Man Preserved,
P.V. Glob, Book Club Associates 1973
The accompanying CD by Luigi Turra is his first intensive exploration and investigation of traditional instrumentation.
Internationally acclaimed for his experimental digital minimalism, these recordings represent a radical departure from his established modus operandi. Here, spare and intense drones elide and superimpose with hauntingly atmospheric strings, an ensemble of violin, viola and cello, recorded in Venice, Schio, and Labin. The whole composition is interwoven with ethereal chants, mystic undertones, and the ghosts of the ancient past. This sonic masterwork will be available only in this highly limited edition for the foreseeable future, and is a must for serious collectors and neophytes alike.
SMALL DIVINITIES PREVIEWS
Small Divinities i excerpt
Small Divinities ii excerpt
Small Divinities iii excerpt