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Beyond the Five Senses: Transcending Physical Existence @ Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
“The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.”
― Joseph Campbell
As the fields of science, psychology and neuroscience continue to explore the inner workings of the human mind and consciousness, we continue to debate what constitutes “reality” as well as what separates psychotic episodes from mystic, spiritual experiences and journeys to other “unseen” realms that are as “real” as our own waking world.
Learn how we can utilize the teachings of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung to help us understand the mythical and the non-physical realms of experience that can be induced by psychedelics, meditation, mental illness and psychic phenomenon—to bring back profound understandings that can help expand our worldview and transcend our limiting beliefs in this physical world. The new renaissance in psychedelic drugs will be discussed using examples from Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind.
Join in discussions inspired by the lifework of mythologist and comparative religion expert Joseph Campbell. Joseph Campbell®️ Foundation Mythological Roundtable®️ (MRT) network groups are gatherings of people interested in all things mythological. They are designed to enrich us as individuals and offer the opportunity to introduce Joseph Campbell’s work to the wider community. Hosted in partnership with the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota, MRT gatherings will bring together presenters and the community to expand our conscious understanding of the interplay between mythology and Jungian psychology, as well as the evolution of the human psyche and society as a whole. Paul Boivin—a lifelong Joseph Campbell enthusiast and a Sarasota-based business entrepreneur who helped to establish the Sarasota MRT in 2015—will facilitate the meetings.
Devon Deimler, PhD presents “Strange Fascinations: James Hillman, the Art of Contemporary Myth, and Myth of Contemporary Art @ OPUS Archives and Research Center @ Pacifica Graduate Institute
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS

at Pacifica Graduate Institute presents:

Devon Deimler, PhD

Strange Fascinations:

James Hillman, the Art of Contemporary Myth, and Myth of Contemporary Art

Sunday, April 19, 2020


801 Ladera Lane Santa Barbara CA 93108

Barrett Center

Free & Open to the Public

One of the most eminent collections housed in OPUS Archives and Research Center is that of James Hillman, the founder of archetypal psychology. It was Hillman’s ambition to “push psychology over into art,” for if psyche were studied through those things that do not dismiss the strange and pathological—like art and mythology—then our psychological notions of “normal and abnormal might have to switch houses” (Re-Visioning Psychology 107). In this presentation, OPUS’ Curatorial Assistant, Devon Deimler, PhD, will explore elements of Hillman’s oeuvre related to art, aesthetics, myths of creative inspiration, and the poetic, imagistic basis of mind and how these ideas influenced her own work regarding Dionysos as an archetype of aesthetic experience. In the spirit of OPUS’ mission as a living archive, we will carry Hillman’s contributions into the present day, to seek out the vitality of myth and archetypal psychology within contemporary art. Special selections from Hillman’s collection will also be on display throughout the event.

Devon Deimler, PhD is an artist, writer, and scholar. She is Curatorial Assistant at OPUS Archives and Research Center, located at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Scholar in Residence at The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, where she is also founder and curator of the Cinemyth Film Series. Devon earned her doctorate in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation, Ultraviolet Concrete: Dionysos and the Ecstatic Play of Aesthetic Experience, received the honor of Pacifica’s Dissertation of Excellence award. Devon earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she focused primarily on event-based work and modern through contemporary art and film history. Her experience in art and music includes founding an independent record label and collaborative event project, Wildfire Wildfire Productions, working as Assistant to the Director at the Dennis Hopper Art Trust, and teaching modern art history and studio practices at American University Preparatory School. She is the North American Mythological RoundTable® Coordinator for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

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