Alchemy is the art and science of bringing something to its final perfection, or its completion, much as a work of art is completed or perfected. And so, at heart it is about creation, creator, and creativity. Using a new translation from the oldest known version of the Emerald Tablet as the basis, and through the language of alchemical image and text, this evening’s talk will outline the fundamentals of alchemy and how it relates to creation and another way of knowing applicable to any medium of creation. There will be time for Q&A.
Brian Cotnoir is an alchemist, artist, and award-winningfilmmaker. A contributor to Frater Albertus’ Parachemy, he is also the author of a series of Alchemy Zines. His books includeThe Weiser Concise Guide to Alchemy, Alchemical Meditations,On the Quintessence of Wine, and the recently publishedEmerald Tablet, his translations of and commentary on, the earliest Arabic and Latin versions of this seminal text. HisEmerald Tablet was part of the Language of the Birds: Occult and Art show in 2016 in New York City.
He occasionally gives talks and has presented workshops and seminars around the world on various aspects of alchemical theory and practice based on his research.
His film work has been screened at Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, HBO, PBS and other international venues.
Khepri Press, launched in 2014 with the publication of theEmerald Tablet, is the vehicle and portal for his alchemical work.