Channeling Elvis? An Automatic Writing Demonstration with UK Medium Myra Basey
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
Automatic writing (or psychography) is writing which the writer claims to be produced from a subconscious, external or spiritual source without conscious awareness of the content. Automatism, the cornerstone of Surrealism, was co-opted from Spiritualism’s use of automation as a technique to create without conscious self-censorship. The automatic writing and drawing practiced by the Surrealists can be compared to methods used in other artistic efforts such as actionist painting and the improvisation of free jazz.
During this presentation, Myra Basey, a Spiritualist medium visiting from the UK, will demonstrate her unique form of automatic writing. A stripped down fountain pen is propped against the clenched fist of her left hand (although she is right handed) to produce writing. The messages make complete sense and every word can be read clearly. She works with two specific spirits, one of whom she identifies as Elvis Presley. Since 1977 she has written thousands of transmissions from Elvis.
A brief overview of automatic writing will be presented. Myra will talk about the mechanics of physical mediumship and automatic writing as well as share what she has learned from years of practice. There will be a question and answer session for those interested in pursuing the automatic writing process and those curious about Spiritualism and psychic matters.