Rendering Unconscious episode 264.

This is a very special episode, a conversation between Carl Abrahamsson and Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold.

Carl Abrahamsson is a Swedish author, publisher and filmmaker. His books include Source Magic (2023), Chimera Obscura (2023), Codex Nordica (2022), Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (2022), Different People (2021), The Devil’s Footprint (2020), Occulture (2018), Mother, Have a Safe Trip (2016), Reasonances (2013), and The Fenris Wolf series. His films include Reseduction (2022), My Silent Lips (2019), Lunacy (2017), Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (2016) and the An Art Apart series. His publishing company is Trapart Books, Films and Editions. He also contributed a chapter to Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Films of Ingmar Bergman: From Freud to Lacan and Beyond (2023) edited by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair. Follow him at Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | Vimeo | YouTube

Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, a native of Norway and resident of Brazil since 2003, is a psychologist, anthropologist, and master brewer (Capirotagem Cervejaria). During the last 25 years he has travelled extensively in search of traditional wisdom and spiritual legacies, with a particular focus  on African and Afro derived traditions along with what is generally defined as traditional witchcraft in Europe. This has led to deep involvement with several streams of wisdom, such as traditional Ifá, Haitian Vodou, Palo Mayombe, and Quimbanda. Frisvold has an interest in spiritual philosophy, occult history, and the aesthetic language used to describe and understand tradition, spirituality, sorcery, and witchcraft, as exemplified in his books Palo MayombePomba Gira, Exu, and Ifá. Frisvold arranges workshops, courses and events  of a spiritual and psychological orientation, as well as initiations at his grange in the Brazilian countryside, Villa Draconis, with his wife, Katy. They also offer spiritual, magical and astrological services and products through the Sacred Alchemy store. Articles, news and updates can be found on his blog, the Starry Cave.

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Dr. Sinclair is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis.

She is the author of The Pathways of the Heart (Trapart Books, 2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: The Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2021) and Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016).

And is the editor of  Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Films of Ingmar Bergman: From Freud to Lacan and Beyond (Routledge, 2023), Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019), Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy (Trapart Books, 2021) with Dr. Elisabeth Punzi, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2019) co-edited with Dr. Manya Steinkoler, and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9 (Trapart Books, 2017) and The Fenris Wolf vol 11 (Trapart Books, 2022) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson.

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast. Check out Swedish independent record label Highbrow Lowlife. Enjoy!

The song at the end of the episode is “Introduction (You’re Asleep/ Awake)” from the album “Night of the Hunter” by Vanessa Sinclair & Pete Murphy. Available at Our music is also available at Spotify and other streaming services. 

Image: Carl Abrahamsson and Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold