August 28, 2023

USA: Minnesota Art Center Holds ‘Playful Demon Summoning Session’ For Families. They Say Demons Have A Bad Reputation. She/They Brooklyn-Based Artist Will Present Lilith The Emphatic Demon.

EWTN published August 28, 2023: Contemporary Art Gallery Holds "Demon Summoning Session". A contemporary art gallery in Minnesota recently held what it described as a "demon summoning session." The free event was part of the Walker Art Center's Plant Teachers Day. An author made an exhibit on how to trap a demon. Part of it instructed people to text the word "summon" to a phone number, and that way parents and children could communicate with the demon. A priest with the Companions of the Cross and host of "The Exorcist Files" podcast, Fr. Carlos Martins, joins to share whether summoning a demon is ever a good idea regardless of the intent. Fr. Carlos tells us whether he is seeing other examples of this sort of attitude towards demons in the US these days. On another note, he gives us an update on his podcast. "The Exorcist Files" has a 4.8 out of 5 rating with more than 3,400 reviews. Fr. Carlos fills us in on what comes next for the podcast and whether more episodes are coming.
This is the only news reporting I could find about this event. This is newsworthy for the average person. (emphasis mine)
 Alpha News
written by Hayley Feland
Friday August 11, 2023

The Walker Art Center held a pagan ritual geared toward families last weekend, with a performance called “Lilit the Empathic Demon.”

“Demons have a bad reputation, but maybe we’re just not very good at getting to know them,” an event description reads.

The event, which took place at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, was part of the Walker’s Free First Saturdays program and featured artist Tamar Ettun who creates “demon traps.”

“Families are invited to create a vessel to trap the demon that knows them best — perhaps the ‘demon of overthinking’ — and then participate in a playful ceremony to summon and befriend their demon,” the website explains.

The event was designed for families, and finished with a “playful demon summoning session.”

“After designing your trap, Lilit the Empathic Demon will come from the dark side of the moon to lead you in locating your feelings using ancient Babylonian techniques,” the website explains. “This collective and playful demon summoning session will conclude with a somatic movement meditation, designed to help you befriend your shadows.”

Other Walker Art Center Free First Saturdays were 10,000 lakes and ’90s themed.

Ettun previously had her artwork, “How to Trap a Demon,” on display in New York at the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery.

“The exhibition parts with the historical gender binarism that associates Lilith’s archetype with unchecked violence and manipulation; here, Lilit mediates the inner demons and renegade instincts that are deliberately silenced,” the exhibition details read. One image shows Ettun washing what appears to be a placenta with a watering can.

Ettun also has “Texts from Lilith” available for sale on her website. “31 cards to connect you to your demon,” it says.

Ettun encourages people to communicate with Lilit by texting “SUMMON” to 833-575-1049, according to an article on the Walker Art Center’s website. According to the article, the demon sends monthly messages with “demon drawings and somatic instructions.”

The article posted on the Walker’s website also explains how Ettun came up with this art project. “Lilit came to [Ettun] when she was at a residency, spending her days and nights in a haunted firehouse-turned-museum making knots and having just found out she was pregnant.”

The Walker Art Center has received millions of dollars in taxpayer funds through Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which routinely funds projects with a left-wing agenda.

The Blaze Media
written by Joseph MacKinnon
Wednesday August 16, 2023

A contemporary art museum in Minneapolis, which has received millions in taxpayer funds, invited families earlier this month to "participate in a playful ceremony to summon and befriend their demon."

The Walker Art Center, which Alpha News indicated has enjoyed funding from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, advertised demon-summoning activities from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

"Demons have a bad reputation, but maybe we're just not very good at getting to know them," said the event listing on the art center's website. "Do you have a demon that creeps into your thoughts? ... Work with visiting artist Tamar Ettun to design a vessel for holding the demon you know best!"

Tamar Ettun, a so-called performance artist who refers to herself as a sexual plurality, seeks through the ongoing "multidisciplinary project" she brought to the art center to conjure the "aerial spirit demon, Lilit (Lilith), whose story traces back to ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, and Judaic mythology."

The seeming occultist writes on her website, "In the 2nd-7th centuries, artist-healers created spells, drawings, and talismanic objects to trap demons like Lilit, who was characterized as a dangerously sexual female entity, and appeared frequently on incantation bowls used in protective rituals. The rituals were often performed by womxn concerened [sic] with medical issues like pregnancy and birth. I revive these practices through a feminist lens by subverting Lilit’s misogynistic archetype and revamping her image as an Empathic Demon."

To this end, she takes on the "persona of Lilit and, through text messages, interact[s] with several hundreds of people every month ... who frequently write her back with snippets about their lives and demons."

Having adopted the persona of the ancient demon who she acknowledges is associated with "unchecked violence and manipulation" and who first "came to her" after she learned she was pregnant, Ettun then provides instructions to her occultist pen pals that "lead to offline actions, such as an exercise that leads participants to find something in their home shaped like a full moon, and use it to draw on their body."

Beyond fielding questions on behalf of the demon, earlier this summer, Ettun raised inflated sculptures in the demon's honor outside Vermont's Shelburne Museum.

It does not appear that her exhibits are entirely bloodless. Her previous display at an art college in Purchase, New York, appears to have involved imagery of her burying another woman's placenta.

Following the instruction of children and adults on how to construct a "vessel" to hold their demons earlier this month, the Walker Art Center indicated, "Lilit the Empathic Demon will come from the dark side of the moon to lead you in locating your feelings using ancient Babylonian techniques. This collective and playful demon summoning session will conclude with a somatic movement meditation, designed to help you befriend your shadows."

Besides demon summoning, it appears Minnesota taxpayers have subsidized a number of other questionable activities.

Alpha News previously reported that as of 2021, Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which has supported the demon-friendly Walker Arts Center, had spent over $630 million on leftist groups and propaganda, including an adaptation of the "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale "collaboratively re-imagined through a queer lens"; an anti-police documentary; a group that supports transvestic agitprop in film; a theater company's production of "queer and trans stories"; "Drag Story Hour in Minneapolis"; and a production called "Queertopia."


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