Big thanks to author and industrial music scholar Nicholas Diak for his great review of Zeena's Bring Me the Head of F.W. Murnau in the latest issue of Exotica Moderna. Fans of Exotica-Industrial mixes will especially appreciate his take on Zeena's 'Tabu' track:
“Bring Me the Head of F.W. Murnau (BMTHOFWM) is the debut studio release of multimedia artist Zeena Schreck. Created in response to the theft of the skull of German director Murnau, that made the news back in 2015, BMTHOFWM is a concept EP that dives into the world of Murnau, his films and his legacy. The release proper is mostly spoken word recitations of Murnau's letters and film intertitles (such as those from his most renowned film, Nosferatu), over field recordings and minimalist industrial pulses.
Schreck's EP is of interest for fans of exotica for her track Tabu, which is an homage to Murnau's final film, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas, from 1931.
The track begins with some old school industrial clangs and beats before it transitions to Schreck reading text from the film as the music eases into a subdued form of primitive exotica with shakers and primal drumming that evokes the likes of Martin Denny and Les Baxter. BMTHOFWM is a niche release, but it situates itself at that interesting pop culture intersection of silent film appreciation and aesthetics to the realm of Tiki and exotica. It is an excellent CD for collectors who indulge in exploring the newer forms of exotica.”
- Nicholas Diak
Bring Me the Head of F.W. Murnau CD Available on this site: HERE
Or download at Bandcamp digital download* [*This Friday Feb 5, Bandcamp will again waive it's revenue share!]
Exotica Moderna is a quarterly publication showcasing the latest in tiki art and culture published by House of Tabu.
Below: A page capture of Nicholas Diak's review of Bring Me the Head of F.W. Murnau in Exotica Moderne #10
To celebrate October World Animal Month*, Zeena honors our non-human companions in a limited edition 2021 photo-art calendar. Vibrant original works for monthly contemplations on themes of animal rights and spiritual liberation.
The calendar is printed on fine art quality premium paper suitable for cropping and framing after use.
Dimensions: 300x200mm / 8”x11½”
Personalized autography option located in the drop-down menu. If you have animals (or a group of animals) for which you'd like Zeena's personalized blessings, simply send your and their (the animals) names to email@example.com to be added to her personalized message. To ORDER click HERE.
To U.S. Customers: If you're ordering this as a gift, please consider that due to severe restrictions on parcels entering the U.S. from overseas, delivery is only allowed via ship and can take up to 8 weeks to reach destination. You will receive an email notification the day your order is sent, with tracking number, so you can follow its status.
Message from Zeena about the calendar below.
*A brief history of World Animal Day (and month) at the end of this post.
Message from Zeena:
“How many of our lives would feel incomplete without our magical familiars, totem animals, or service and emotional support animals? How many of us also feel compassion for the unseen, forgotten, unloved, feral or endangered animals? Within my 'Blessed Beasts' calendar, each tableau reveals the deeper emotional intelligence of the lovely creatures depicted. Sometimes it's in their expression, their body language, a knowing glance or an attitude which conjures a sense of loyalty, companionship, nobility, or wisdom. For pagan and shamanic religions, all animal species have inherent magical powers associated with and symbolizing different aspects of different gods. On the basis of my Tibetan Buddhist yogic training, I patiently develop a rapport with the animals I photograph by chanting specific tantric Buddhist mantras which gradually relax and open the beasts to loving-kindness and the liberating vibrations of these ancient sacred syllables. Hence the title, 'Blessed Beasts.'
In relation to the theme of the 2021 calendar, as well as October being World Animal Month, I ask you to consider donating or volunteering to any animal welfare organizations of your choice (if you don't already). In these difficult times, during the world-wide pandemic and its collateral damage, let's not forget the brave warriors who risk their own safety, health and emotional well-being to continue caring for animals in need. I have my preferred animal aid organizations to which I regularly contribute. But it really doesn't matter whether you do so for a small animal protection group in your own town, or to the neighborhood feral cat lady or bird man who contributes their free time caring for injured and sick wildlife, or whether you choose a reputable international organization – please consider making a donation to help any of them!
For more information on spiritual practices for your animals, including prayers for sick and dying animals, I recommend Lama Zopa's Enlightenment for the Dear Animals website at https://enlightenmentforanimals.org/
In closing, I send blessings and prayers to all animals and those humans who help them, and especially those who have suffered and perished this year as the result of natural and man-made disasters.
May the creatures you aid today return to you as Enlightened Mother Beings of your future lifetimes!
-Om Mani Padme Hum-
Brief History of World Animal Day/Month:
'World Animal Day' is celebrated each year on October 4th. World Animal Day was originated by the specialist in canines, Heinrich Zimmermann. He organized the first World Animal Day on 24 March 1925 at the Sport Palace in Berlin, Germany. Over 5,000 people attended this first event. The event was originally scheduled for 4 October, to align with the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. However the venue was not available on that day. The event was moved to 4 October for the first time in 1929. Initially he found a following only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. Every year Zimmermann worked tirelessly on the promotion of World Animal Day. Finally, in May 1931 at a congress of the International Animal Protection Congress in Florence Italy, his proposal to make 4 October World Animal Day universal was unanimously accepted and adopted as a resolution. Today, World Animal Day is a global event that unites the animal protection movement agencies and has expanded to encompass the entire month of October with different events globally.
On this day, to commemorate the 100th Armistice Day, Zeena issues a highly personal glimpse into her first hand experiences of death and impermanence. This limited edition 2020 calendar features solemn yet beautiful reminders of Impermanence in its many guises. Whatever your personal battles, great or small, we all experience the same pain, grief and suffering from death, loss and impermanence. Whatever your religion, sexual orientation, race, or political leanings, there is no escaping the one great unifier: Death.
Most prefer to look away from that truth, or conversely attempt to glamorize, parody or mock such uncomfortable realities. Yet this beautifully printed, gallery quality art calendar doesn't pander to the ironic or flippant but looks at the greater meaning of death and impermanence in a compassionate and bare manner.
Each image reveals Zeena's eye for minimalism, composition, symbolism and tableaux. Several of the artist's first-hand experiences from serving as death's midwife to humans and animals are conveyed. April hints at the life-long trauma to civilian children of war in a still life comprised of WWII souvenirs of the boy, Bernd-Peter S., who wrote in his Tagesbuch of the ordeals he and his classmates endured through the end of the war. In March, we see a religious funerary rite for a loyal canine, Manfred. In October the cremation of feline familiar Mephisto, captured on film, through the small cremation viewing hole. July was the birth month of Zeena's friend, the multi talented musician John Murphy; her stark portrait taken shortly before his untimely death. To all the aforementioned Zeena performed traditional Tibetan Buddhist death rites. These and all the other months are visual reminders on the constant, unpredictable and uncontrollable cycles of life and death.
This calendar is printed on fine art quality Premium Paper suitable for cropping and framing after use.
Dimensions: 200x300mm / 8”x11½”
Personalized autograph option available in the drop-down menu at this link:
Four New Shirt Designs by Zeena: 2 Illustrations from 'Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic' and 2 illustrations from 'The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman.' PLUS: New embroidered Radio Werewolf Caps in 4 colors including camo.
Two of Zeena's illustrations from her book 'Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic', co-authored by Nikolas Schreck. The first is Dakshineswar - Kali and Shiva. In the original publication, all illustrations were printed in black and white. Now for the first time, this vibrantly colored piece is presented in its original form for this shirt.
The second is 'The Contending of Hours and Seth', depicted in classical ancient Egyptian art style.
For mature audiences and collectors; probably not suitable for work :)
From 'The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman' is 'You don't see the light.' - one of nine installments in Zeena's photo montage/mixed media suite entitled, "God Bless Charles Manson" from 2009. The entire collection was originally published as chapter plates in the 2011 expanded editions of 'The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman' (English and French editions), authored by Nikolas Schreck. The whole suite can be seen at this link http://www.zeena.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=88
For the ZEENA Art apparel collection, only two of the original nine images have been selected.
The second one is: 'To Remain Silent.' and features a quote by Ezra Pound that Zeena found fitting to the conditions of both animals and humans who are on death row.
Anyone who would like to request one of the other images from Zeena's original series can special order from firstname.lastname@example.org for the same price.
How many have wanted Zeena's graphic designs and retro images in crisp, clear quality for their wearing apparel? Well look no further. Over the decades, many have illegally profited from Zeena's history, style, creativity and hard work. But now we're correcting all of that.
Kaliyuga Clearing House is proud to present high quality apparel at affordable prices, exclusively featuring Zeena's artwork and photos as well as historical images of Zeena in her various incarnations, within this lifetime.
The first three collection categories are:
MAGIC & MYSTICISM
New designs and different products will be added regularly. So be sure to subscribe to our blog so you receive updates reliably to your email. We are currently in the process of developing new collections for the Fall/Winter season. If anyone has requests or ideas of what you'd like to see of Zeena's works, please submit your suggestions to email@example.com!
Kaliyuga Clearing House and Zeena thank all of you who have supported Zeena's works through the years. May you wear our new apparel in happiness, good health, prosperity, with love and compassion for all sentient beings.
Below are only a small selection of the new APPAREL & ACCESORIES on this site.
Zeena's friend and frequent art collaborator, Frank Haines, releases his new book, Sandy Smiles, a memoir of his sound art tour through Europe last year. Within the pages, cryptic accounts of his meetings with Zeena are interspersed: "I mention wanting to visit Externsteine. Zeena speaks fondly of it, but feels the energy has become depleted, as people go there and absorb yet leave little in regards to offerings. As an alternative, she suggests I visit Heidentor outside of Vienna, the site of her 1990 Summer Solstice ceremony that she wrote a song about...[excerpt continues below in screenshot]" -FH
Sandy Smiles can be found at the HEINZFELLER NILEISIST* booth this weekend.
*Among the HEINZFELLER NILEISIST collaborative projects with Zeena, he compiled and presented The Zaum of Zeena for the 2015 NY Art Book Fair and created the Hemet-neter tepi Seth t-shirt for the 2016 LA Art Book Fair.