The Atalanta Fugiens and the
17th Century Alchemical Experience
presentation by Brian Cotnoir
Saturday September 7th 3:00pm
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Atalanta Fugiens (1617/18), by the alchemist and physician Michael Maier, is one of the most sought-after alchemical texts, having presented the process of transmutation through fifty enigmatic copper plates whose full meaning arises only through an active engagement with its multimedia materials (text, images, and music). Esoteric historian Brian Cotnoir will trace the origins of this remarkable work and explore the book’s strategies through his own multimedia presentation using various published versions of the Atalanta Fugiens and recordings.
Brian Cotnoir is a contemporary mystic, an alchemist, artist, and filmmaker. A contributor to Frater Albertus’ Parachemy, he is also the author of a series of alchemy-related zines on his own Khepri Press, which launched in 2014 with the publication of The Emerald Tablet, and is the vehicle and portal for his other alchemical work. Books on Khepri include: Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter, The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, and On the Quintessence of Wine. Cotnoir also lectures internationally on various aspects of alchemical theory/practice-based on his research. His film work has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, HBO, PBS, and other venues.