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The Founder

Emily Leon is an Art Historian, Independent Scholar, Digital Humanist, Esotericist, & Drummer currently based in the American Southwest. She holds an MA in Digital Art History from Duke University and a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Presentations & Conferences

“Between the Physical & Psychical: Esoteric Representation of Nature in the Work of Hilma af Klint,” Thought Forms Lecture Series, Sacred Bones Instagram Live [@sacredbones], November 19, 2020, 7pm EST.

“Spiritual Flora: Abstraction, Spiritualism, and Botany in Séance Drawings,” Esotericism and the Scientific Imagination, Association for the Study of Esotericism Biannual Conference, Davis, CA, May 14-17, 2020. CANCELLED due to COVID-19.

“Analyzing the Crisis of Hilma af Klint: The Digital and Analog Analysis of Spirituality, Abstraction, and Art,” Digital Archaeology Group, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, NL, Canada, March 1, 2019.

Publications

Books

Triadic Intimacy & the Sound of Secrets. Kansas: Inside the Castle, 2023.

Book Essays

“Sonic Selves & the Rune-Filled Ear.” In Patrick Farmer, ed. Azimuth, the ecology of an ear. England: Sonic Art Research Unit, 2019.

Book Reviews

Hilma af Klint: Notes and Methods, ed. Christine Burgin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. In Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA Reviews), January 7, 2019. https://www.arlisna.org/publications/reviews/1617-hilma-af-klint-notes-and-methods.

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

“Considerations on Michaela Davies.” In Engineering the Future: As part of V&A Digital Design Weekend 2016, Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott, Jon Rogers, eds. United Kingdom: Uniform Communications Ltd., 2016.

ProQuest: “Analyzing the Crisis of Hilma Af Klint: The Digital and Analog Analysis of Spirituality, Abstraction, and Art.” Order No. 10976180, Duke University, 2018. https://login.proxy.lib.duke.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.proxy.lib.duke.edu/docview/2169923267?accountid=10598.

Liner Notes

Polyorchard. inkJeb Bishop and David Menestres. 2020. Double CD. Liner notes.

Polyorchard. Red October. Jeb Bishop, Laurent Estoppey, Shawn Galvin, David Menestres, 2017. Limited Edition Cassette. Liner notes.

Polyorchard. Color Theory in Black and White. Jeb Bishop, Chris Eubank, Laurent Estoppey, David MenestresDan Ruccia. 2015. CD. Liner notes.

Collaborative Projects

Podcast: Emily Leon, “Walking”, on CartopodsEp. 2, “Islands”, 2021.

Artzine: envelop/p/e, issue #2. Curated by Laurent Estoppey, 2019. 

Notable Performances:

Nakatani Gong Orchestra. Kings. Raleigh, NC, 2017.

Duty. CURRENTS New Media Festival. Santa Fe, NM, 2016.

Nakatani Gong Orchestra. CAM Raleigh. Raleigh, NC, 2014.