Basilisk is a screen/mouse based CD-ROM initiative which diagrams the multiple relations which converge upon a making of the "mal:e" that is virtually monstrous. Offering a queered perspective on subjectivity, Basilisk derives from a hybrid relation between an alchemistry of mediaeval wonder and a fourfold play in a thought of subjectivity. (Chaosmosis, Guattari) Two cocks are enclosed in darkness. They are given plenty of fodder and grow fat. The fat turns 'hot' and this results in intercourse between the two cocks. Both cocks lay eggs. Toads are substituted for the cocks. The toads are fed with bread and brood the eggs. The eggs are hatched. First the creatures look like roosters, but then change into basilisks (On Divers Arts, the Treatise of Theophilus, circa 1100).
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