Presented in conjunction with the exhibition As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, IMMA, AEMI & IFI is delighted to collaborate with artist Susan MacWilliam to present ‘Out of Body’, a selection of films and a closing discussion that explored the psychic and physical spaces of body and landscape. Automatic, subliminal and unconscious states of mind are explored through a variety of approaches in works from Jordan Baseman, Maya Deren, Mairead McClean, Paul Sharits, John Smith and Susan MacWilliam.
These films encourage a consideration of the external and the internal, of that which is visible and which is not, drawing attention to the very act of looking and even eliciting the feeling of being 'out of body'. To follow the screening programme - Susan MacWilliam discusses OUT OF BODY in the context of her own practice and collaboration with IMMA, AEMI & IFI. Moderated by Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick, co-founders of AEMI Projections.
Psychic Edit, Susan MacWilliam, 2008, Ireland, DCP, 14 seconds looped / Witch’s Cradle Outtakes, Maya Deren, 1943, U.S.A., Digibeta, 10 minutes / State of Mind remix 4, Mairéad McClean, 2005, Ireland, DVD, 10 minutes / Faint, Susan MacWilliam, 1999, Ireland, DCP, 4 minutes / The Black Sea, Jordan Baseman, 2010, U.K-U.S.A., Blu-ray, 3 minutes / Mountain Mist, Susan MacWilliam, 2002, Ireland, DCP, 8 minutes / Om, John Smith, 1988, U.K., 16mm, 4 minutes / Ray Gun Virus, Paul Sharits, 1966, U.S.A., 16mm, 14 minutes / The Last Person, Susan MacWilliam, 1998, Ireland, DCP, 11 minutes.
Susan MacWilliam born in Belfast and based between Belfast and Dublin, where she teaches at the National College of Art and Design, Susan MacWilliam has exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows in New York, Dublin, London, VictoriaB.C. Northampton and Derby. MacWilliam has worked with prominent parapsychologists and psychical research institutions, including poltergeist investigator William G. Roll, the New York family of Irish born medium Eileen Garrett and the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Yvonne Duplessis, Paris. She has worked extensively with historical archives including those of the Parapsychology Foundation, New York; Hamilton Family fonds (spirit photograph archive), University of Manitoba; Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University; and Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC.
AEMI is a creative platform dedicated to supporting and exhibiting artists’ & experimental moving image. A key objective is to develop audiences for artists’ moving image in Ireland through regular, curated programmes of both Irish and international work with the intention of contributing to and developing critical discourse around a wide range of practices in this area. aemi was founded in Dublin by Daniel Fitzpatrick and Alice Butler in 2016. Along with Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert, Donal Foreman and Esperanza Collado, both Daniel and Alice were curatorial members of The Experimental Film Club, a committee that presented over 50 artist and experimental moving image programmes, and since 2010, resided at The Irish Film Institute. http://aemi.ie/
This talk took place on 25 July 2017 at the IFI. This talk & screening programme also features an accompany blog authored by the artist Susan MacWilliam published by IMMA which captures themes and connections that span the films discussed here https://immablog.org/
Image Credit: Still, Mountain Mist, Susan MacWilliam, 2002, Ireland, DCP, 8 minutes