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Davis, Erik

Overview
Works: 62 works in 158 publications in 4 languages and 2,684 library holdings
Genres: Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Notebooks  History  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Experimental films  Popular works  Science fiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Actor, Contributor, Annotator, Narrator, htt, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator, Lyricist, wst
Classifications: PS3554.I3, 818.5407
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Erik Davis
The exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K Dick( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time in an annotated two-volume abridgement. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work"--
TechGnosis : myth, magic + mysticism in the age of information by Erik Davis( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the printing press to the telegraph, through radio, TV and the Internet, TechGnosis explores the mystical impulses that lie behind our obsession with information technology. In this book, writer and cyber guru Erik Davis demonstrates how religious imagination, magical dreams and millennialist fervour have always permeated the story of technology." "Through shamanism to Gnosticism, voodoo to alchemy, Buddhism to evangelism, TechGnosis peels away the rational shell of info tech to reveal the utopian dreams, alien obsessions and apocalyptic visions that populate the ongoing digital revolution."--BOOK JACKET
[Led Zeppelin IV] by Erik Davis( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The album that brought us 'Stairway To Heaven', this was Led Zeppelin at the height of their powers. Erik Davis describes how the big sound of 'Led Zeppelin IV' changed the face of rock music
Techgnosis : myth, magic, mysticism in the age of information by Erik Davis( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High weirdness : drugs, esoterica, and visionary experience in the seventies by Erik Davis( Book )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the spiritual provocations found in the work of Philip Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, this book charts the emergence of a new psychedelic worldview out of the American counterculture of the seventies. These three visionaries changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experience reality - but how did their own writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America during one of its most surreal eras? In this book, the author - America's leading scholar of the strange - examines the writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own extraordinary, life-changing experiences along the way. The author maps the uncanny lattice of culture and consciousness that characterized America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social change. What results is a new theory of the weird that illuminates the seventies, while providing for a renewed engagement with reality during our own highly weird times
The visionary state : a journey through California's spiritual landscape by Erik Davis( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A glitch in the matrix( Visual )

6 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are people living in a simulation? Filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) wrestles with this existential question in his latest documentary, a multimedia journey that's part sci-fi mind-scrambler, part true-crime horror story
The universal addressability of dumb things by Mark Leckey( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey presents the latest in Hayward Touring's celebrated series of artist-curated exhibitions. "The Universal Addressibility of Dumb Things" explores the tenuous boundaries between the virtual and the real, between the 'dumb' and the animate. As modern technology becomes ever more sophisticated and pervasive, objects appear to communicate with us: phones talk back, refrigerators suggest recipes and websites seem to anticipate our desires. Through a conceptual assemblage of archaeological artifacts, contemporary artworks and visionary machines, Leckey proposes an exemplary network of objects, an 'Internet of Things', all communicating, talking away to one another and, implicitly, looking back at us. The most imaginative, innovative and authoritative thinkers and writers in this field are brought together in this book, practitioners of art-writing, cultural criticism and the history of technology. Three unique, new texts deal with themes including monstrosity, the power of writing and the boundless power of the Internet
Spectres of the spectrum by Craig Baldwin( Visual )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a blighted Nevada outpost in 2007, a telepathic father and daughter lead a group of media outlaws in resistance against a corporate/governmental "New Electronmagnetic Order" that threatens to use the earth's magnetosphere to "bulk erase" the brains of every human on the planet. The only way to save humanity is to uncover a secret lodged in an old episode of the 1950s series Science in Action. A montage of fact and fiction, the film combines live-action with segments from early TV shows, industrial and educational films, Hollywood movies, advertisements and cartoons
TechGnosis : myth, magic, & mysticism in the age of information by Erik Davis( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A reissue of a classic media studies book exploring the connection between digital and spiritual realms and their effects on technological communication"--
Nomad codes : adventures in modern esoterica by Erik Davis( )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these wide-ranging essays, Erik Davis explores the codes-spiritual, cultural, and embodied-that people use to escape the limitation of their lives and enrich their experience of the world. These include Asian religious traditions and West African trickster gods, Western occult and esoteric lore, postmodern theory and psychedelic science, as well as festival scenes such as Burning Man (of which Davis is the best-known chronicler). Articles on media technology further explore themes Davis took up in his acclaimed book Techgnosis, while his profiles of West Coast poets, musicians, and mystics extend the California terrain he previously mapped in The Visionary State. Whether his subject is collage art or the "magickal realism" of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, transvestite Burmese spirit mediums or Ufology, tripster king Terence McKenna or dub maestro Lee Perry, Davis writes with keen yet skeptical sympathy, intellectual subtlety and wit, and unbridled curiosity. The common thread running through all these pieces is what Davis calls "modern esoterica," which he describes in his preface as a 'no-man's-land located somewhere between anthropology and mystical pulp, between the zendo and the metal club, between cultural criticism and extraordinary experience, whether psychedelic, or yogic, or technological." Such an ambiguous and startling landscape demands that the intrepid adventurer shed any territorial claims and go nomad. Davis wanders with sharp eyes and an open mind, which is why Peter Lamborn Wilson calls him "the best of all guides to modern American spirituality."
Fabian Marti, Bilder 2005-2016 by Fabian Marti( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and German and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a trip. A trip through the visual realms of the artist Fabian Marti. Its prevailing cosmic black is subtly accentuated now and then by color: the milky white of mountain crystal, the raw dun of rock caves, the sandy beige of pillared Greek ruins. Or color as a by-product of alchemistic photogram processes. The shapes are original and familiar. Marti reinterprets symbols and reviews the cultural history of modernity and beyond. A journey through time as past and present blend in simultaneity. Digital and analog united. Scanned objects revealed: mushrooms, stones, toast, a pair of hands. And modified pictures from outside sources. This is a book about altered states of consciousness triggered by substances and shapes. It's about spiritual views and mystical experiences --and their negation. Not somber, not sad, not heavy, but contemplative and awake. An oscillation between yes and no."--Publisher's website viewed January 24, 2017
Magic in the modern world : strategies of repression and legitimization( )

2 editions published in 2021 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by illuminating how modern proponents of magic have worked to legitimize their practices through an overt embrace of evolving forms such as esotericism and supernaturalism.Taking a two-track approach, this book explores the complex dynamics of the construction of the modern self and its relation to the modern preoccupation with magic. Essays examine how modern "rational" consciousness is generated and maintained and how proponents of both magical and scientific traditions rationalize evidence to fit accepted orthodoxy. This book also describes how people unsatisfied with the norms of modern subjectivity embrace various forms of magic--and the methods these modern practitioners use to legitimate magic in the modern world.A compelling assessment of magic from the early modern period to today, Magic in the Modern World shows how, despite the dominant culture's emphatic denial of their validity, older forms of magic persist and develop while new forms of magic continue to emerge.In addition to the editors, contributors include Egil Asprem, Erik Davis, Megan Goodwin, Dan Harms, Adam Jortner, and Benedek Láng
L'exégèse de Philip K. Dick by Philip K Dick( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in French and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High weirdness : drugs, esoterica, and visionary experience in the seventies by Erik Davis( )

1 edition published in 2020 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality-but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? In High Weirdness, Erik Davis-America's leading scholar of high strangeness-examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality
The psychedelic reader : classic selections from the Psychedelic Review( Book )

1 edition published in 2021 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deathpower : Buddhism's Ritual Imagination in Cambodia by Erik Davis( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Cambodia, Erik W. Davis radically recasts attitudes toward the nature of Southeast Asian Buddhism's interactions with local religious practice and, by extension, reorients our understanding of Buddhism itself. Through a vivid study of contemporary Cambodian Buddhist funeral rites, he reveals the powerfully integrative role monks play as they care for the dead and negotiate the interplay of non-Buddhist spirits and formal Buddhist customs.Buddhist monks perform funeral rituals rooted in the embodied practices of Khmer rice farmers and the social hierarchies of Khmer culture. The monks' realization of death underwrites key components of the Cambodian social imagination: the distinction between wild death and celibate life, the forest and the field, and moral and immoral forms of power. By connecting the performative aspects of Buddhist death rituals to Cambodian history and everyday life, Davis undermines the theory that elite Buddhist monks universally oppose rural belief systems. Instead, he shows Cambodian Buddhism to be a robust tradition with ethical and popular components extending throughout Khmer society
Led Zeppelin's by Erik Davis( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Light falls like bits : the photography of Trey Ratcliff by Trey Ratcliff( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flame Wars : The Discourse of Cyberculture( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within these pages, readers will encounter flame warriors; new age mutant ninja hackers; technopagans for whom the computer is an occult engine; and William Gibson's "Agrippa," a short story on software that can only be read once because it gobbles itself up as soon as the last page is reached. Here, too, is Lady El, an African American cleaning woman reincarnated as an all-powerful cyborg; devotees of on-line swinging, or "compu-sex"; the teleoperated weaponry and amok robots of the mechanical performance art group, Survival Research Laboratories; an interview with Samuel Delany, and more.Rallying around Fredric Jameson's call for a cognitive cartography that "seeks to endow the individual subject with some new heightened sense of place in the global system," the contributors to Flame Wars have sketched a corner of that map, an outline for a wiring diagram of a terminally wired world.Contributors.
 
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The exegesis of Philip K. Dick
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TechGnosis : myth, magic + mysticism in the age of information[Led Zeppelin IV]Techgnosis : myth, magic, mysticism in the age of informationHigh weirdness : drugs, esoterica, and visionary experience in the seventiesThe visionary state : a journey through California's spiritual landscapeThe universal addressability of dumb thingsTechGnosis : myth, magic, & mysticism in the age of informationNomad codes : adventures in modern esoterica
Alternative Names
Davis, Eric

Davis, Erik N.

Davis, Erik N. 1967-

Deiviss, Ēriks 1967-

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إريك ديفيس مؤرخ أمريكي

اريك ديفيس مؤرخ من امريكا

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Languages
English (108)

French (2)

German (1)

Japanese (1)