Hoods work is a character driven narrative that fluctuates between trying to create works of art, and renouncing ‘the art world’. The original version of this work was becoming a Ritual Magician, The current incarnation of this work is running a (non) independant (non) country - which on face value is meant to demonstrate a repetition of a process, which has expanded into more demonstrable ideologies- in reality though it is a rewriting, and a restaging of the source material relevant to the training of a magician, which includes texts around Religion, Pschology, Pschoanalysis, History and Counter-Culture, changing their original content into fictional explanations of the concepts Democracy and Freedom. Key ideas in this work revolve around notions of the artists’ touch, the ritualistic and religious aspects of play, and the position of the artist in postmodern society - this is manifest in fluctuations between the virtual and the real, and nihilism towards a Western ‘Grand Narrative’. There is a psychosis in the figure of the artist which is caused by a modern position, Hood is trying to contemplate this position within a wider western narrative which relies heavily on ideologies of Democracy and Freedom, ideologies which are becoming increasingly translucent and empty. The main work of the characterisation is to make the work accessible through an apparent ignorance to wider social and political context. It is only through this characterisation that the work can be taken as an utterance,or as self contained thing-in-itself action, rather than a description of our position in the modern world. Within this I am also hoping to understand the descriptive limits of art, and to transform individual works into a complex tapestry of an immersive reality, where there is no identification of what ‘is to be considered’ as an attempt to make art, and what is not - by doing this Hood is hoping to build both knowledge and a rhetoric on what constitutes a work of art.
On the 27th of March this year, This artist: Simon Hood became That magician: Simon Hood. The transition between the two different functions has been slow, and is ongoing. That Magician; Simon Hood acknowledges that he is still a student of magic, and still needs time to further explore the practice of ritual magic.
This former artist; Simon Hood no longer creates works of art, he believes this fundamentally in himself. The practice of ritual magic however, is an exploration of unknowable and unquantifiable experiences inherent within objects. That magician; Simon Hood is on an exploration of his own spiritual self, to develop a deeper understanding of the duality present in all things, and the unfathomable qualities which govern the cosmos. By exploring these themes, that Magician; Simon Hood is examining his own systematic structures of beliefs, and attempting to deconstruct them, eventually causing an absolute unity of his animal and spiritual self.
Before becoming a magician, This Former Artist; Simon Hood was concerned about ideas such as function, the role of an artist, representation and the institution. However This Former Artist; Simon Hood no longer has that capacity.
Free is unlike any other book, consisting of a series of powerful, witty, unexpected Freedom-scenarios that can be read as poems or brief plays, each complete in itself. Each chapter describes a different kind of Freedom - the “Free” of the title - bonds of Democracy, unFreedom, Freeing and Democratisation. The dialogues could be those between Freedom and Democracy, Free People(s) and unFree People(s), between Democratically Elected Leaders of Free People(s) and Democratic Republics of Free People(s) - or all of these merged together. Each brilliantly demonstrates The Authors marvelous insights into the intricacies of Free People(s) Freedoms, displaying his talents not just an Author but as a Freer and Democrat.
Democracy or Free Freedom is a discipline and method of Democratic practice wherein all the faculties of the Democrat are employed in pursuit of The Great Freedom using a stronger degree of State and Government than might otherwise be possible. Here The Author - a leading authority on Democratic Freedom explains how to construct a Democratic circle, a Whistle and Ladder to form the gateway to the Inner Freedoms. Practical advise on Democratic robes, symbols and Democratic Republic of Free People(s) furniture as well as concise explanations of Free images, Names of Democracy, the Law of correspondences and the Democratic Cross are included in this new revised edition of the classic introduction to Democratic Freedom.
Few manuscripts of The Democratic Republic of Free People(s) today are forgivable. Black on the canvas, silence on the screen, an empty white sheet of paper, are perhaps feasible. There is little conjunction of Freedom and social ‘Democracy’. Around us are pseudo-events, to which we adjust with a false Freedom adapted to see these events as true and Democratic, and even as beautiful. In The Democratic Republic of Free People the truth resides now less in what things are than in what they are not. Our social realities are so ugly if seen in the light of exiled Freedom, and beauty is almost no longer possible.
What is to be done? We who are still alive, living in the often fibrillating heartland of a senescent capitalism - can we do more than reflect on the decay around and within us? Can we do more than sing our sad and bitter songs of disillusion and defeat?