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The Larva Society For Psychial Research


The Larva Society for Psychical Research


Free Entrance!

On the occasion of the World Goth Day on May 22 (started in 2009),2 the Larva Society for Psychical Research3 will relocate to the Jerusalem Artists House for three months to explore the potential of the work of art as a medium for spiritualist activity. Established in 2012, the Society brings artworks by artists both living and dead together, applying transmitter forces to them—objects which enable communication between matter (the work of art) and anti-matter (the spiritual world). By means of a séance gathering, pseudo-scientific research, and supernatural activity, Larva exposes romantic Gothic values concealed in the works: emotion, kitsch, the grotesque body, lack of control, horror, love, torment, eternal life, spectres, popular science, science fiction, and alchemy.

The Larva Society for Psychical Research settles in Jerusalem, a city which boasts numerous research institutes, in a historically significant building profoundly linked to the beginnings of Israeli art. The Artists House becomes a temporary body, as in the dybbuk—a site still haunted by the ghosts of the past.

Participants: Asaf Abutbul, Maya Attoun, Jenifer Bar Lev, Tali Ben-Nun, Anat Betzer, Zaelia Bishop, Dror Daum, Ohad Fishof, Lali Fruheling, Gideon Gechtman, Mia Gourvitch, Sally Haftel-Naveh, Meital Katz-Minerbo, Uri Katzenstein, Shosh Kormosh, Larva, Assi Meshullam, Emanuele Napolitano, Uri Nir, Uri Radovan, Gilad Ratman, Avi Sabah, Netally Schlosser, Maya Shimony, Ran Slavin, Avigail Talmor, Masha Yozefpolsky.


About Gothics and culture:

“’Gothic’ is an epithet with a strange history, evoking images of death, destruction, and decay.”1 Today, the term “gothic” is associated with adolescents dressed in black, with heavy make-up, who listen to dark music and worship demons, ghosts, vampires, and Satan. As a rich subculture which spans literature, theater, poetry, music, cinema, and fashion, however, Gothicism combines the rational and the emotional, the grotesque and the romantic sublime, touching upon the dark, mysterious, supernatural, and the future with all its technological advances.

Decadent, escapist subcultures have emerged throughout modern history, thriving against the backdrop of global socio-political crises and overwhelming scientific breakthroughs. When fear of the unknown and the inexplicable rises, the turn to spiritualism and the occult, through rituals which connect one to the unknown and the spirit world, summons the strange and foreign, even if these cannot be rationally contained.

Gothicism enjoys renewed popularity in times of crisis. It is the ghost of minorities, the margins, which comes back to haunt the establishment, serving as a black mirror which reflects evil and heartlessness. It indicates the disintegration of the absolute and constant into the breached and fluid, subverting everything perceived as secure or stable.


Free Events during the exhibition:

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, at 7 pm: Nocturnal seminar: “Methodology of Gothicism” (Gothic literature, poetry, cinema, graphic design, fashion etc.)


On the opening night, Wednesday, 22.5.19, 8 P.M: sound performance by the artist Ola Savchuk | Cladina Stellaris

.Shachar Atwan – performance design for the opening event

Tuesday, 4.6.19 at 7 pm: a tribute to Charlie Megira and Moris Zarfati

 Tuesday, 18.6.19 at 7 pm: live musical event by the artists Assaf Abutbul and D.R.Y

(Dmitry Polykov, Ran Nahmias)




1. Valerie Steele, Gothic: Dark Glamour (New York: Yale UP, 2008), p. 3.

2. Accounting Day and Sherlock Holmes Day are also celebrated on May 22.

3. Larva is a juvenile form of most insects and amphibians, e.g. a caterpillar, that undergo metamorphosis before adulthood. It is a phase in their life cycle between fetus and adult, before, sexual maturity. In Latin, the word “larva” denotes a mask or a ghost. Larva is also the name of a young artist engaging in experimental cinema and installation through the prism of the Gothic subculture.


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