And so, like the two naked men tearing at each other's flesh in the above Deathspell Omega/S.V.E.S.T. album cover, black metal and philosophical inquiry wrestle each other in the void. I just got a tip from the medievalist/English professor/blogger/metal inquisitor Nicola Masciandaro that he and several others will present papers at a rare symposium dedicated to black metal theory. The most intriguing titles announced so far:
"‘Remain true to the earth!’: Remarks on the Politics of Black Metal" by Benjamin Noys
“Black Confessions and Absu-lution” by Niall Scott
“The light that illuminates itself, the dark that soils itself: blackened notes from Schelling’s underground” by Steven Shakespeare.
Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy, founder of the popular Show No Mercy series, will also present an as of yet unnamed paper. Two artists are are set to ply their metal-themed wares, as well. The only thing missing is, you know, music.
Hideous Gnosis: Metal. Theory. Mutual Blackening.
December 12, 2009, 1 to 7pm
70 North 6th St.
More information can be found here.