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The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS at Pacifica Graduate Institute is host to bi-monthly gatherings that foster the “deep and abiding interest in all things mythological.” In the spirit of inclusivity, events are free and open to the public and feature a wide range of in-depth topics for presentation and discussion, seeking ever to understand how myth and ritual have been lived and defined in the past, and embracing the need to re-mythologize the mythic as it presents itself in variety now and toward the future.

A special attention is given to the history and contemporary practice, appreciation, and analysis of the arts and film, as well as to archetypal psychology. Potential upcoming topics include interactive explorations of virtual reality and its forming and forthcoming mythic implications, the concrete magic of mineral pigment making, and events including music and film screenings.

Located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute, which offers unique Masters and Doctoral programs in the tradition of Depth Psychology and Mythological Studies, OPUS Archives and Research Center is home to the collections of many innovative and influential artists and scholars in the field, including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, and Maria Gimbutas. Please come and enjoy this special environment for engaging the mythic!

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David Orr presents “ILLUMINED: Mandalas & Mythos Across Art & Time” @ OPUS Archives and Research Center @ OPUS Archives and Research Center
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS

at Pacifica Graduate Institute presents:

David Orr

ILLUMINED: Mandalas and Mythos Across Art and Time

Sunday, October 6, 2019


801 Ladera Lane Santa Barbara CA 93108

Barrett Center

Free & Open to the Public

“A mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self.” — C.G. Jung

For the ILLUMINED series, artist David Orr photographs a mystical, sacred, or philosophical text—often a one-of-a-kind hand-printed and illuminated manuscript—then digitally recombines the results into an abstract form which alludes to each worldview and beyond. The end images take on a mandala (sanskrit, ‘circle’) form: circular, with elements configured around a center point. Carl Jung noted that the mandala appears in virtually every culture; indeed, in his introduction to The Red Book, Sonu Shamdasani noted that Jung “held that the mandala represented one of the best examples of the universality of an archetype.” This method of displaying information—for purposes both sacred and secular—has been used in metaphysical representations of the universe (Buddhist thangkas, Alchemical diagrams, the pythagorean monad) and contemporary data rendering (orbital patterns, CERN particle diagrams; web infographics) seemingly as long as humans have been depicting it. Join David as he discusses the mandala form’s visual impact across cultures, across beliefs, and throughout time.

David Orr is a visual artist based in California. He exhibits his work internationally and has spoken about his work at a wide range of venues including Cal State LA, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Death Salon, Dublintellectual Ireland, The Director’s Guild of America, The Mütter Museum, The New School, Parsons School of Design, Reed College, UCLA, and The Philosophical Research Society (PRS). David served as curator at PRS and established the PRS arts program and Hansell Gallery. He is a member of The Long Now Foundation.

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