Welcome

All narrative is a lie. The truth can only be heard in the pauses between words. In stillness. When we recognise our own breath.

TO ANIMA MUNDI

Author: Milana Vujkov

Alchemical storytelling & art

Writer, artist, psychologist, film historian. Independent scholar, researching psychology of film and spectatorship, the female gaze, psychology of art and creativity, archetypal enchantment, alchemical storytelling and art. BA Psychology-MA Film History. Tomatometer-Approved Critic. Presently, running two blogs: Poets, Mavericks & Prophets and Lola On Film, hosting Lola & The Poets podcast, and working at PMaPsArt Studio alchemical storytelling & art Story Shop and Workshops. Designs also featured at PMaPsArt on Redbubble and Society6. In the longer process of writing a novel and shooting a doc on female ancestry. Serbia/UK. More info in Full Bio.

To get in touch, please drop me a line at milana@poets-mavericks-and-prophets.com

Welcome to Poets, Mavericks & Prophets, a manufacturer of philosophical mischief, psychological acrobatics, alchemical art projects & esoteric master plans. PMaPs regular offerings are soulful nuggets, ephemeral impressions picked up in moments when the self & the Anima mundi aligned –  gathered as micro blog posts, scribbled & shared throughout the years as I went about the business of being a human. A psychological diary and a spirit to-do list, in one. If you fancy surfing poetry, digging into phantasmagorical stories, exploring alchemical psychology, choosing your film food wisely, enchanting your time with magical imagery, buying a piece of storytelling jewellery at the story shop, or alchemical design on Redbubble, while jingling a podcast on the mystical & the mundane while you’re on the road, it’s all here, in the Menuuploaded or streamed somewhere – give it a look and a whirl. For anyone searching for a creative boost, online, or in situPMaPsArt Studio is launching storytelling workshops, coming soon to a reality near you.

With hope that you find what you are looking for, on this site – and in life. Sweet travels.

Latest Posts

Detox

Clear the rubbish before the rubbish strikes back.

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376

Only the unexpected can lead us to Avalon.

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Maturity

The difference between running away and walking away is not measured in speed.

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Johnny

In the end, it’s about who we are, not who others say we are.

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Anima mundi

All narrative is a lie. The truth can only be heard in the pauses between words. In stillness. When we recognise our own breath. Happy Earth Day.🌏

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Thorns

Protection is never more fierce than when it is hidden.

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Forty Days, Forty Nights – Goddess Descends

Notes On Alchemical Psychology is a series of texts dedicated to personal creative therapeutic work, merging the old ways & the new.
Forty Days, Forty Nights – Goddess Descends is an astrological essay on Venus turning retrograde, as of today, in the sign of Capricorn, while in a tango with Pluto, the God of the Dead.

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Temenos

Some spaces love us back.

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Like Me

The key delusion of our age is that attention equals affection.

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Clean Slate

When there are sharks in the water, don’t bleed.

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Holy Synaesthesia

Really thrilled to introduce my new PMaPsArt collection on Redbubble! HOLY SYNAESTHESIA, sweet mix of my poetry with just the right blend of hue, courtesy of colour coding. Definitely my kind of HEX work. Fuses well with so many textures and shapes. Available on many other products, and to be cont’d.

Art by: ©Milana Vujkov

Dedicated to William Blake.

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The Measure

May your head know your belly, and your heart your head.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 PMaPsArt Studio alchemical art Story Shop is open for purchases. My first crystal bracelet collection The Philosophy Of Light is an exploration of the character of our crystal kin and their relationship with light. If you would like to browse or buy an artwork, please go to Shop. 
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PMaPsArt Studio alchemical storytelling Workshops dates, prices & full curriculum are finalised and published. Please note that they are now re-scheduled to start Saturday, 3 September 2022, and run until Sunday, 25 September 2022. To introduce the curriculum, a free online webinar will be held on Sunday, 28 August 2022. For all info & to register please go to Workshops. 
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My alchemical art designs can now also be purchased at PMaPsArt on Redbubble and Society6. Hope you enjoy browsing, and maybe purchasing a piece. 

“My work is a game, a very serious game.”

M. C. Escher

Writing

Demolition Road is a series of phantasmagorical short stories I’ve started writing seven years ago, and revisiting with great gaps in between. They would be best described as transrealism. Each one follows one of eleven characters, all dwelling on the margins of society, yet fighting valiantly to imbue their lives with meaning, and their time on Earth with joy, while submerged in intense fantastical inner worlds, potent with chaos, synchronicity & creativity. Five are written, six more are on their way.

If you are a curious lyrical soul, you will find a selection of my poems in tabs on the Poetry page, where you can also read my art manifesto, written in 2008. I’ve been thinking in verse and poetic imagery since I could write, and writing poetry since then. I would say that poetic expression is my most authentic way of creating as an artist, and poetry a sacred space where I feel most protected, and at home, in words and visuals.

Lola & The Poets Podcast

Lola & The Poets podcast is a virtual alchemical workshop exploring personal and collective magical journeys, the ways the mystical & the mundane are intertwined. Psychology, culture, art, alchemy. Solo shows & interviews. Out every odd Thursday. Hosted by Milana Vujkov.

On Liminality & Sensory Experiences – With Joshua Sternlicht Lola & The Poets

In Episode 7 Lola & The Poets is joined by Joshua Sternlicht, filmmaker, educator, and Liminal Sessions organiser, based in Lisbon, Portugal, talking liminality, his travels as an art educator, the palpable primacy of our senses in navigating realities, curating holistic experiences at Quinta de Sant’Ana, where the magic of the fives senses is evoked with great aplomb, the value of good food and time spent in nature, importance of gratitude, his long career as a filmmaker, ancestral roots, as well as the mystery of octagonal rooms in medieval Polish castles. Join us for a fun conversation, and essential info on how to get Joshua to book you a bike ride of a lifetime. SHOW NOTES: Liminal Sessions Website | Liminal Sessions Instagram | Liminal Sessions Facebook | Liminal Sessions YouTube Channel | Eyespot Films | Joshua Sternlicht Vimeo | Contact Joshua Sternlicht |  CREDITS: © Samovar Party by Shane Ivers | See more info on episode & credits. AUTHOR: © Milana Vujkov
  1. On Liminality & Sensory Experiences – With Joshua Sternlicht
  2. On Plant Wisdom – With Don Roberto
  3. In The Shadows, Part 2 – Solo Show
  4. Mythic Doodling – With Divyam Chaya Bernstein
  5. In The Shadows, Part 1 – Solo Show
  6. On Wanderlust – With Milica Mijatović
  7. On The Magical Real – Show Intro

Lola On Film

All my film writings, articles & reviews, and assorted filmology live at Lola On Film, created to deconstruct the spectacle, assess the state of film culture and hopefully help illuminate cinema’s place in society, as well as in our individual psychology. You can also find out more on my film work, curating, events, and guest appearances on Free Seed On Soho on Soho Radio.

Lola says…

In Filmology I contemplate on the psychology of film, the metaphysics of cinema, exploring new formats, in Film Theory I collect my academic texts for all my fellow film scholars and students, and in Film Culture you’ll find my impressions of where cinema art is at now, as a profession, a cultural phenomenon, physical space, and a medium. Also, a bit about my past curatorial and promotional work, and podcasts on film. In Film Archives I rewind back to films I believe shaped the zeitgeist, the undeniable imprint of these archival treasures both revolutionising craft and enriching the art of cinema with entirely new layers of creative expression. Film Reviews are the main offering of Lola On Film, the films picked both by intention and happenstance.

Story Shop

PMaPsArt Studio presents its Story Shop, envisioned as the blog’s crystal vaults, a little alchemical shop of stories told in a variety of materials and manifestations, made in alignment with the celestial weather.

Delighted to announce that The Philosophy Of Light – my first designer collection of crystal bracelets, is available for purchase. The collection is an exploration of the character of our crystal kin and their relationship with the nature of light, the message its stellar code embeds in the crystal’s sphere.

All artwork will be aligned with a Chaldean astrological planetary day and hour, with intention to balance the root storylines of the stones by acknowledging their myths, and clear personal space for the wearer.

Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox with my new PMaPsArt shop on Redbubble! First six collections are Rose Medicine, Food Magic, Small Wonders, Natural Design, Anima and Psychogeography. Hope you enjoy browsing, perhaps purchasing a piece.

Art by ©Milana Vujkov. dedicated to william blake.

Storytelling Workshops

PMaPsArt Studio is launching online alchemical storytelling workshops in Spring 2022, joyful sacred spaces for psychological work and creative inspiration, drawing on alchemical symbolism, fusing storytelling, artistic expression & play. Lectures, conversations & practical exercises.

The First Course, The Sacred Tree, is a series of eight online group workshops now scheduled to start Sun 27 Mar 2022, and run until Sun 15 May 2022. For more info, full timetable and curriculum, as well as pricing & payment options, please go to Workshops page.

As introduction to the course there will be a free webinar held on Sunday 20 March 2022 (16.45-18.15h CET), via Zoom.

All online workshops & webinars will be held in English. If you have any enquires please contact me at milana@poets-mavericks-and-prophets.com.

Academia

If you would like to read my theoretical work on film, particularly the psychology of cinema, film as the alchemical medium, and the idea of archetypal enchantment, please visit either my Lola On Film blog or Academia.edu where I also upload my papers, research and video materials.

Research interests
Art psychotherapy, psychology of cinema, psychology and alchemy, alchemical symbolism in art, women in the arts, female gaze, feminist film theory, transpersonal and archetypal psychology, cinema as therapy (spectatorship, filmmaking), visual anthropology, cinéma vérité, experimental cinema, film noir, documentary film, transrealism, psychogeography, storytelling in art therapy, psychology of exceptional human experiences, consciousness & culture.

Notes On Alchemical Psychology

Notes On Alchemical Psychology is a series of texts dedicated to personal creative therapeutic work, merging the old ways & the new.

A scribe’s pilgrimage through the spheres of elegant, respectable left brain academia, into the wild, ephemeral mysteries of the right hemisphere.

Find out more at Alchemy.

Experimental Film

Alchemical storytelling and film art. For my docs and experimental shorts, please visit Poets, Mavericks & Prophets on Vimeo. where I will be uploading more of my work, past, present, and future.