“To support the continuing image of the Illuminati as an enigmatic organization, a visual lexicon has developed to go along with this mystique. Most of the symbols that we’ve come to associate with the Illuminati go back much further than the 18th century, and often have little or nothing to do with the original Order at all. In a way, the Illuminati’s so-called symbolism reflects more about what we think we know (or don’t know) about a mysterious group of people who may or may not gather regularly at the Bilderberg Conference. It’s up for debate what imagery actually belongs or is attributed to the organization itself—if it still exists. The fact that our questions, theories, and beliefs may never be answered or verified is actually what fuels and propels the myth of the Illuminati.
The aesthetics of the modern idea of the Illuminati appear to be a collection of various sigils from different clandestine groups such as the Gnostics, Hermetics, Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, and Freemasons (which the real-life Illuminati founders wanted to join, but evidently found too costly). America may have somehow been influenced by Enlightenment-era Bavarian Illuminati ideals. In fact, both the real Illuminati and the United States of America were officially founded the same year in 1776, just over a month apart. Coincidence… Or conspiracy? Interestingly, the only image directly related to the true historic Illuminati is the Owl of Athena, which references Greek Mythology and represents simple knowledge and wisdom.” — Tanja M. Laden
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p.s. Hey. Today your host is the eminent writer, critic, and filmmaker Steve Erickson, and he suggests you spend your day in the more artful realms of the Illuminati. Scared, overtly or secretly tempted, admittedly curious, … ? Well, please enter the post using your chosen approach and enjoy yourselves and give some kind of related shout out to Steve in your comments, thank you. And thank you, Steve! ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Well, yes, speak with Ben. Yes, the Sheridan Square theater, exactly. I don’t know ‘Camille: A Tearjerker’. It’s kind of an obvious pick, but the piece I saw that sticks the most with me is his ‘Irma Vep’. FaBlog is up and running! Everyone, Go find out what Mr. Ehrenstein has newly put on his legendary FaBlog. It’s mysteriously called ‘It’s Not Easy Being “Green Acres”’, and it’s here. ** Sypha, Hi, James. Thanks for the words to Ben. Oh, I hope you like PGL, of course. Tenterhooks. And I really enjoyed your part in the post, and I’ll looking forward to getting at the full thing. ** Misanthrope, Oh, okay, I’m glad I only maybe vaguely sideswiped your fears. Piece of work are the words. I hope against hope. 10 hours of sleep is a sweetie. ** Bill, You’re right, I’m not hugely surprised you liked those Beasley pieces, ha ha. Your kitty is making me overcome my ennui about real cats, so that’s something. When you’re seeing the Dorothea Tanning show, pop into the Tate bookshop and see if you can root out our very own politekid who’s there working either the tills or other of its things. I hadn’t heard of ‘Suburban Birds’. Hm. ‘Safe and disappointing’ … I think I’ll trust your judgement then. Good luck with all your many thises and thats. ** Damien Ark, Hi, Damien! Oh, man, thank you! I’m so happy you liked PGL. The dark and comedic stuff is very on purpose. If you read the script, you’d think it was a full on comedy film. Anyway, that’s awesome, thank you a lot, pal. And I hope that novel you’re dreaming up works its way into a doc. Sounds very intriguing, of course. And, yep, we’re on our way to making another film. Just need to raise the rest of the money. ** Steve Erickson, Thank you so much for today, Steve! Wish I could see you vids program. Maybe you’ll share a playlist at some point, and I can poke it into a simulacrum here. Well, I guess that explains why I didn’t hear anything at all about ‘Our Son’ when it was alive over here. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hey, Ben! Thank you so, so much for the amazing weekend! it got killer traffic! Have a lovely Monday. ** James, Hey, bud. Thanks for the words to Ben, and I really liked your thing in the post. Understood big time about the editing’s pull elsewhere. Well, New Juche is correct re: the flexibility and the rolling with the punches thing. Yes, excited for the new New Juche! I’m good. The new film: waiting for the French translation of the script to be finished (end of this month) and then the grant and funding search will begin full steam. Have no idea when we’ll film it. Depends on how quickly we raise the budget. Certainly not this year, barring a miracle. Maybe by/before next summer if we’re really lucky. No actors in mind yet, no. We try not to repeat actors from film to film, except for Benedetta, our good luck charm, so probably it’ll be an all new cast, but that’s not a hard rule. Right now my life’s everything is about PGL, which premieres in Paris tomorrow night and opens in theaters in France on Wednesday. Lots to do, very stressful. A bunch of traveling starting this week to host special event screenings around the country and stuff. That’s the whole world pretty much right now. Much love back to ya. ** Right. The Illuminati are patiently awaiting you upstairs there. See you tomorrow.