A Common Craft - Podcast

Magic Kills Industry




Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales
15 September - 7 November 2018

20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
17th January 2019 - 23rd March 2019

Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury
1 May - 8 June 2019

Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
September - October 2019

Magic Kills Industry

Georgia Horgan
Magic Kills Industry, 34 min

First held as a lecture in 2015, Horgan was commissioned to make Magic Kills Industry into an essay film for Waking the Witch. It can be viewed in its entirety in the exhibition as well as online.

Magic Kills Industry takes its starting point in Silvia Federici’s text Caliban and the Witch, which looks at the power mechanisms involved in the evolution of capitalism as seen through the control exerted over female bodies in the British witchcraft trials. The film highlights how the consolidation of power, wealth and land by a few was happening at a time when power was being taken away from workers through the creation of a new sexual division of labour and a ‘professionalisation’ of the traditional female roles of healers midwives and herbalists. Touching on the hostility of an industrialising economy to magical thinking, Horgan traces a line to present day discussions around post-human and cyborg theory.