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Transgression and Syncretism in Korea

ESTAR (SER) presented a lecture performance as part of Transgression and Syncretism curated by You Mi at the Asian Arts Theater in Gwangju, Korea

The Trochilus Exercise: Marton Bialek and the Ecstasy of the Rülek Scrolls
A Performance Lecture and Workshop with ESTAR (SER)

New evidence strongly suggests that the Francophone Transylvanian philologist-explorer Marton Bialek (1889-1966) was an associate of The Order of the Third Bird, and that his work with syncretistic central-Asian trance texts known as the Rülek Scrolls drew on, and contributed to, his preoccupations with the Order. Scholars with an interest in these matters will present a brief biography and reveal Bialek’s fascinating Exercise of the Trochilus, a formal protocol for sustained attention to a work of art. Guided collective experimentation will be encouraged. All are welcome, regardless of their knowledge of Bird practices.

About ESTAR (SER): The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. (www.estarser.net)

About “The Order of the Third Bird”: There remains some confusion about the history and practices of the body known as The Order of the Third Bird, but evidence points to its having been for some time a loose network of cell-like groups that engage in ritualized forms of sustained attention to works of art. The canons of secrecy around these activities — their structure and purposes — have traditionally been sufficiently restrictive as to leave some doubt as to whether any individual professing knowledge of the Order could in fact be genuinely associated therewith.

The “Trochilus/Rülek Working Group” includes D. Graham Burnett, Carla Nappi, Sal Randolph, Bruce Rusk, and Catherine Hansen.

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