The Atalanta Fugiens and the
16th Century Alchemical Experience
presentation by Brian Cotnoir
Saturday September 7th 3:00pm
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 an alchemist, artist, and filmmaker. A contributor to Frater Albertus’ Parachemy, he is also the author of a series of Alchemy Zines. His books include Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter, The Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, On the Quintessence of Wine, and The Emerald Tablet. He lectures internationally on various aspects of alchemical theory/practice-based on his research. His film work has been screened at Museum of Modern Art, HBO, PBS and other venues.