Daniel Embree: Seer Stone

Seer Stone: A Performance October 25, 2014
Live Art Performance at Howard Art Project 1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA
Performance 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Reception 5:30 – 7:30 PM

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Artist Daniel Embree will look into a seer stone for 8 hours in an attempt to have a vision. He will dictate what he sees to volunteer scribes, who will document the experience on paper.

The artist is looking for participants to sit with him and write his dictations in a one-on-one interactive performance. This is a unique opportunity to be an active witness in a live performance art event. No experience or special skills are necessary.

Volunteers can sign up for a 15- or 30-minute session by visiting dembree.com/seer/. As the schedule permits, walk-in participation is welcome, but advance registration is recommended.
The entire 8-hour performance will be open for viewing by the public.

Scrying, or looking at a stone or mirror to receive a revelation, is a practice that dates back hundreds of years. It was practiced by popular magicians like John Dee, and it was common in New England at the beginning of the 19th Century. Joseph Smith, the Mormon seer and prophet, produced The Book of Mormon and other key religious documents by looking into a seer stone and dictating to a scribe.

By appropriating this process, Daniel Embree is examining the foundation of his religious heritage.This is part of an ongoing quest to discover what it means to be inspired–a word attributed both to artists and spiritual seekers. The scribe plays an important role as a witness and recorder of the action, expanding the conversation about the documentation of contemporary performance art.

Daniel Embree is a Boston-area artist who uses images, texts, and actions to explore personal and community narratives. He received an MFA in studio art from Tufts University in 2013 and a BFA in studio art from Brigham Young University in 2009.

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