Philippe Pissier is a French poet, art maker and translator born in Blois (Loir-et-Cher), in 1963.
THE “JEU DES TOMBES“ ADVENTURE
Influenced very early on by surrealism and the beat generation (especially William Burroughs), in 1981 he and Dominique Lessertisseur founded a magazine and publishing house named “Le Jeu des Tombes“ [“The Graves’ Game“]. In the six issues of the magazine produced from 1981 through 1989, they published authors as varied as Lucien Suel, Horus, Râ (Jacques Juin), Jean-Louis Houchard, Christophe Petchanatz, Jean-Pierre Bobillot, Aleister Crowley, Alain Robinet, Sylvie Nève, Luc-Olivier d’Algange, José Galdo, Marin de Charette, Thierry Tillier, Paul Grégor, Christophe-Jean Geschwindenhammer, Pascal Ulrich, Michel Bourçon, Françoise d’Eaubonne, Jimmy Gladiator, Olivier Bidchiren, Jean-Pierre Espil, Jocelyn Valverde, Pégase, Masami Akita, Benjamin Vitry, Pierre Dhainaut, etc.
THE 666 NETWORK
In 1986 he founded the “666 Network“ with Belgian artist Thierry Tillier, discovered some years back through a magazine called “Le Sphinx“, organ of the “Llys Dana“ group. The "666 Network" was a floating structure that assembled various dissidents and extremists of art and life around a Manifesto, called the “666 Network Manifesto“. The “666 Network“ life was thrilling: departures, expulsions, scandals, psychic disturbances… Among those who signed the Manifesto at one point or another are Boris Dutilleul, Denys-Louis Colaux, Luc-Olivier d’Algange, Pierre-André Dujat, José Galdo, Dominique Lessertisseur, Thierry de Pontcharra, Philippe Splingart, Jocelyn Valverde, Robert Varlez, Charles Reymondon, Dark Alceste de Socaï Vomie, Jean-Marie Flémal, Michel Bourçon, Claude Delpierre, André Gauditiaubois, Ben Tripe, Christophe Bourseiller, Jean-Pierre Espil, Pascal Ulrich, Françoise Duvivier, Dominique Lapaire, André Murcie, Manuel Martinez, Paul Grégor, Patrick Geoffrois, Christophe Petchanatz, Christian Laporte, Patrick Berson, Serge Peirat, Ghemma Quiroga, Jean-Louis Houchard, Zorïn, Mïrka, Eric Tremellat… Towards the end of 1989 and into early 1990, the network goes dormant.
The adventure was very fertile in the publishing sphere despite the pecuniary difficulties of almost all of the members.
Placed under the auspices of Novalis (“God wants gods“) and Aleister Crowley (the “666“ reference), the Manifesto proposed to “go out of the void and take every deadly risk through feeling, as Universes’ Amens…“ and presented the network as “a true, false and fatal mixing, out of norms and limits“, “a pretext to sack all the corpse-like things of art and life“, “a pure and hard DOGMA-BREAKER“.
THE TRANSLATION WORK
Around 1989, his interest in shamanism and magick leads him to translate a number of esoteric texts (in particular big pieces of Aleister Crowley works), a task carried out until 2001. His translations have been published in Equinoxe magazine, by the firms Blockhaus, Ramuel, Hriliu, by Les Gouttelettes de Rosée and on various websites.
He has also translated the poetry of Natalie Y. and Diana Orlow.
RAMUEL PUBLISHING HOUSE
Founded in 1993 by Françoise and Roger Burel. Philippe Pissier is in charge of a series from 1994 to 1999. Nine books will be published: “Le Livre du Rassemblement des Forces“ [“The Book of the Gathering of the Forces“], “Le Grimoire Secret de Turiel“ [“The Secret Grimoire of Turiel“], “Les Ecrits Alchimiques d’Edward Kelly“ [“The Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelly“], “Soleil Noir“ [“Black Sun“] by Jean-Louis Marteil, “Créez votre propre système magicke“ [“Create your own magickal system“] by Frater Israfel, “La Chrysospagyrie“ [“The Chrysospagyry“] by François Rosselet, “L’Hermétisme Alchimique chez André Breton“ [“Alchemical Hermeticism in the works of André Breton“] by Richard Danier, “Liturgie Eucharistique, selon le Pontificat de l’Eglise Gnostique Apostolique“ [“Eucharistic Liturgy, according to the Pontificate of the Gnostic Apostolic Church“, two volumes].
In 1994 he founds Equinoxe magazine, mainly devoted to his translations of Aleister Crowley’s libri. Four issues will be published (the last dated 1997). The third is an exceptionally neat edition of “The Book of the Law“, published by Les Gouttelettes de Rosée.
LES GOUTTELETTES DE ROSEE
In 1997, Matthieu Léon and Philippe Pissier founded a little publishing house named “Les Gouttelettes de Rosée“ [“Dewdrops“]. It has published translations of “Berashith“ and “The Scorpion“ (Crowley), “Dogme et Rituel de l’Aube Dorée“ [“Golden Dawn, its Doctrine and Ritual“] by Léon & Pissier, “Lilith, la Lune Noire“ [“Lilith, the Black Moon“] by Daniel Giraud et al., A.R. Königstein texts : “L’Erreur Fasciste“ [“The Fascist Mistake“], “L’Esotérisme Révolutionnaire“ [“Revolutionary Esotericism“], “Lettre du Sous-Commandant Marcos à son disciple sur les barricades“ [“Letter from Subcomandante Marcos to his disciple on the barricades“]. Les Gouttelettes will also re-issue the writings of Maria de Naglowska, “La Lumière du Sexe“ [“Light of Sex“], “Le Rite Sacré de l’Amour Magique“ [“Holy Rite of Magical Love“], “Le Mystère de la Pendaison“ [“Mystery of Hanging“], and presented it's first biography to the French-speaking public, “La Sophiale“ by Marc Pluquet.
He gets in touch with Jean-Luc Colnot in 1998. The two men get on well and quickly come to the same conclusions: in order to fight against the growing stupidity of French-speaking esotericism and occultism, the diktat of temple merchants, and bypass the conspiracy of silence surrounding themes (notably tantric) they hold dear, not to mention the pressures (masonic, political) brought to bear on publishers to prevent the publication of Pissier’s translations, the best thing is to create a virtual encyclopedia on the internet, a collection of writings by authors unrecognized in France and who interest them greatly. Thus are published the first French translations of Austin Osman Spare, Phil Hine (France discovers “Chaos Magic“), re-issued Charles Reymondon and Paul Grégor texts and unearthed Jean Carteret’s unpublished writings. Pissier's French translation of “Book Four“ (Crowley), the result of ten years work, is put at the public's disposal, free of charge.
A lot of publications in literary journals, and a number of limited editions. Among the youthful influences, Jean-Pierre Duprey, Joyce Mansour, the “Electric Manifesto“ poets, Stanislas Rodanski, William Burroughs and the Ginsberg of “Kaddish“, Artaud, are at the top of the list. But the decisive encounter with Artaud's works doesn't happen until he's in his thirties.
Eclectic, he makes erotic pictures, bdsm style (his works will be published in magazines “Schlagzeilen“, “Secret Magazine“, “Paramour“, “Some Bizarre“, “Rouge et Noir“, “Divinity“, “Domina“, “Le Magasin Erotique“, “Penthouse“, “Discipline“, etc.) but he feels equally very comfortable faced with the magnificent stone books of Christendom.
In 1993 he and Patrice Lamare create the erotic culture magazine “Offrande“ (eight issues).
“In January 1993, Crowley translator, poet and writer Philippe Pissier, along with Patrice Lamare, founds a fascinating neofetichist fanzine named Offrande. Offrande is placed at the confluence of sadomasochism and crowleyan occultism. Among its contributors are Philippe Fichot, Richard Kern, Laurence Romance, Francis Dedobbeleer, John Balance, Anne van der Linden and Trevor Brown.“ (“Les Forcenés du Désir“ [“Desire Maniacs“], Christophe Bourseiller, Denoël, 2000).
“In Cauda Venenum“ is published as a booklet in 2004 by the “Editions de la Maison Close“ (Maxéville). A collection of very short texts, cruel and luscious, it's dedicated to the memory of his muse Diana Sylwia Orlow (aka Lilith von Sirius, 1971-1997). Lucie Chenu wrote these everlasting lines on the occasion of its first publication in the anthology “Rêves d’Absinthe“ [“Absinthe Dreams“], Editions ODS, Paris, 2001): “These short stories must clearly be reserved for a forewarned public. But they never attain – and it’s a good thing – the atrociousness of In Cauda Venenum, by Philippe Pissier. A text full of cruelty, where sadism never goes hand-in-hand with masochist desire, where no fellatio can happen without surgical instruments, where torture is everyday life without any judgment ever passed on this established fact, which having the effect of making the reader party to this snuff movie. Most certainly, the decadence of our society is herein perfectly described! But is this any reason to publish a text which seems to vindicate the horrors it describes? Because of that text, very well written for all that, Rêves d’Absinthe can’t be given to any reader. This is not a question of age, but of respect for the human being.“
LETTERS TO LILITH
Text translated in Russian, English, Italian.
In 2001, in collaboration with Murielle Lucie Clément, Philippe Pissier creates an opera entitled "La Cantilène des Saints Contemporains" ["The Cantilena of Contemporary Saints"]. First production : November 30th, 2002, CREA Theater, Amsterdam University.
POST MORTEM RESCUES (at the service of the dead, sixth house in Scorpio)
Jean Carteret : he discovers Jean Carteret in the sixth issue of "Sphinx" magazine (summer, 1979). He frequents Pierre-André Dujat at the beginning of the 80's and thus gets access to his typing of the metaphysician's unpublished notebooks. Within the 666 Network, Jean-Pierre Espil, José Galdo, Thierry Tillier and himself are fascinated by the work of this "word alchemist" (Daniel Giraud dixit). Excerpts from those notebooks are published in "Blockhaus", "Devil/Paradis", "Tyr" and "Mensuel 25" magazines, from 1986 to 1990. End of 1999, assisted for a while by Thierry de Pontcharra, he gets down to a definitive edition of Jean Carteret notebooks. This is finalized and published on the Web in 2004.
Diana Orlow : after her death, he does all he can to introduce the work of the beautiful comet made in Poland and Sirius (texts published by "On a Faim", "Cahiers de Nuit", "Editions de la Maison Close", various websites).
He starts his collage work at the beginning of the 80's, stops in 89 (after an exhibition entitled "Emergence du Soleil Noir" ["Black Sun Rising"] at the "Etablissements Phonographiques de l'Est" (Paris), and begins again in 2000. That very year, responding to a request from Russian authorities, he goes to Siberia for a personal exhibition at the Novossibirsk Art Gallery (from September 07 to September 29). Afterwards, he links exhibition after exhibition. From September 2003 to March 2004, he exhibits "22 dominos for Eros" (a series better known under the title "Sex Magick Tarot") next to Jean-Pierre Maury and Nicole Claveloux at the Paris Erotic Museum.
He takes up songwriting in 2006, making it up, at this juncture, with rhyme.
In 2007, Philippe Pissier begins the online publishing of his artist archives (correspondence, reviews, booklets, etc.), which represent thirty years activism within the most radical and visionary factions of underground culture.