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CalArts Alumni host "Psychic Barber" experience

October 1, 2013
Pasadena Now

Side Street Projects Announce The Finishing School’s “Psychic Barber”

Side Street Projects is excited to announce “Psychic Barber” a new social sculpture by artist collaborative Finishing School in collaboration with Jean Robison and Yucef Merhi. Participants will receive psychic readings and haircuts by real hairstylists who also have psychic abilities. These services are free and open to the public.

“There are social strata, even occupational and ethnic groups, whose social situation predisposes them to be regarded by the larger social communities as practicing magic: women, young children, professions such as barbers and physicians, strangers and others.” – Edward A. Tiryakian

The project was initiated by the chance encounter Finishing School had in 2012 with a neon sign reading “Psychic Barber”. They recognized immediately that it was important but did not know why. It provoked a pondering of the unknown and later, transformation for them as a collective. They want that same experience of excitement, the unknown, and transformation to be passed on to others. After the invitation to present the project in Pasadena at Side Street Project they consulted a psychic. That experience flooded them with themes including consciousness, labor, class, beauty, magic, mysticism, religion, realness and representation, spectacle, architecture, history, technology, civic/institutional critique, surveillance/privacy, and exhibitionism/voyeurism. Read more.

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