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Susan MacWilliam

Pull Down2016

Conjuring up the dark spaces of the séance room, Pull Down intimately observes the repeated collapsing and slumping of a girl (the artist) through the viewing lens of a camera. This silent video continues MacWilliam’s exploration of the phenomena of spiritualism. It draws attention to the mechanics of looking and recording and to the role of the camera as the observer of the spirit medium within historic psychical research studies (the study of paranormal, especially parapsychological, phenomena).
MacWilliam works with video, photography and installation, investigating obscure and overlooked histories and cases of perceptual (interpreted through the senses) and paranormal phenomena. She has worked closely with prominent parapsychologists, psychical research institutes and historical archives as both an observer and a participant. Her interests lie in exploring activities and experiences that exist at the peripheries of conventional fields of science and psychology.

Mediumvideo, black and white
Duration Duration: 3min.10 sec.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2018
Item NumberIMMA.4044
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Susan MacWilliam, Pull Down, 2016, video, black and white, Duration: 3min.10 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2018

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Susan MacWilliam

Born in Belfast, Susan MacWilliam represented Northern Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009. She received the Perspective 03 prize at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, and first prize in the 2017 EIKON Award (45+) accompanied by an exhibition at Künstlerhaus 1050, Vienna. She has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. MacWilliam is represented by CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC. She is a lecturer in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

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