Useful Illusions takes its name from Ben Okri’s poem “Mental Fight.” “Illusions are useful only if we use them to get to our true reality,” writes Okri. The intention here is to take this maxim seriously as an invitation to work through intellectual forms of various inspirations. Does the death of disciplinarity foreshadow a rebirth of radical new possibility? Perhaps, but can this age really claim audacity or hopefulness as anything more than the advertising campaign for a sinister denial of humanity? The intersection between utility and fantasy is an opening for struggle and toil. To work through illusions of thought in a way that is open to the invisible beyond which gives them form is the task undertaken here. And to do this as part of a mental combat and a labour of love.


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