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Film Archivist Susan MacWilliam’s New Installation “Modern Experiments” Debuts at the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, Ireland on February 18th, 2017

From February 18th through April 8th, 2017: “Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments”

Highlanes Gallery is hosting the exhibition Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments. This exhibition, touring from Highlanes Gallery’s cross-border partner, the F. E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Susan MacWilliam’s work to date. The exhibition launch took place Saturday February 18th from 2.00pm – 5.00pm with a discussion at 2.30pm between the artist Susan MacWilliam, and artist and filmmaker Mairéad McClean.

Modern Experiments presents key pieces from the artist’s career with a focus on works created from 1998 onward when the artist started working with video. Since then MacWilliam’s work has investigated obscure and overlooked histories, and cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena. Using anecdote, reconstruction, forms of portraiture, and detailed editing, she has made work about mediumship, ectoplasm, x-ray vision, telepathy, table tilting, clairvoyance, and dermo-optical perception.

The work presented in Modern Experiments forms a unique and significant body of material exploring peripheral subjects, and those that are beyond mainstream scientific and psychological study. Consisting of twenty-eight of Susan MacWilliam’s works, the exhibition features fourteen videos and video installations including The Last Person, 1998 (Shortlisted for IMMA Glen Dimplex Artists Award 1999), Dermo Optics, 2006 (exhibited at 2009 Venice Biennale) and KATHLEEN, 2014 (Derry-Londonderry City of Culture Commission), alongside other aspects of her diverse practice, including photographic works, stereoscopes, neon and sculptural works such as Book Spheres, 2014.

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, Victoria B.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 J. 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 foundation (a spirit photograph archive) at the University of Manitoba; Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University; and Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC.

Initiated and curated by Riann Coulter, Curator of the F. E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, this exhibition is supported through the North South Touring and Dissemination scheme, a joint initiative by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and will tour throughout 2017. Following its showing in Highlanes Gallery, it will travel to Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen and The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.

For more information visit Susan MacWilliam’s website  and her Vimeo page.

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The PF Mourns the Loss of Gerd Hövelmann, PF International Affiliate for Germany

Lisette Coly, the President of the Parapsychology Foundation has released this comment this morning: “It with deep regret and sadness that we must mark the passing of a highly respected and revered member of the Parapsychology Foundation family, Gerd Hövelmann. Over the years, apart from his myriad contributions to parapsychology, no doubt to be listed… Continue Reading

Signs of Reincarnation Course Starts January 30th

Parapsychology Foundation Research Fellow, Dr. James G. Matlock, will be teaching his annual online course Signs of Reincarnation starting January 30th, 2017 and running for 15 weeks. Signs of Reincarnation is an online M.A.-level discussion course that covers all aspects of reincarnation studies, including ideas about reincarnation in different traditions, research methods for studying cases,… Continue Reading

ParaMOOC17 Starts January 16th 2017

As most of you know, for the past two years the Parapsychology Foundation has supported the free annual massively open online course (or MOOC), Parapsychology Research and Education. Organized with PF Research Fellows, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone of the PF Member Organization, The Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education… Continue Reading

Eileen Coly Passes Away At Age 97

Eileen Coly peacefully passed away in Manhattan at the age of 97 on November 18th, 2013. She served as President of the Parapsychology Foundation from 1970 until her retirement in 2011. She continued to share the founder, her mother Eileen J. Garrett’s vision for the Foundation which is to formulate a multi-disciplinary international approach to… Continue Reading

The new PFLyceum Blog, Memorial for Eileen Coly (1916-2013) has just been posted.

A new blog called “Memorial for Eileen Coly (1916-2013)” has been published on the PF Lyceum Blog page. The blog contains the eulogies delivered at the memorial service on November 30th, 2013 by Lisette Coly, Sandra Miller, Anna Damalas, George Damalas, and Jane MacLean Craig. The previous blog, “In Memory of Eileen Coly,” published in… Continue Reading

Former PF Staff and Lecturers Teaching New Courses Starting Soon

Former PF Staffers, Drs. Carlos S. Alvarado and Nancy L. Zingrone, and one of PF’s favorite lecturers, Loyd Auerbach, will be teaching two new courses for the Rhine Education Center’s Winter Semester. Both courses are eight weeks long. Alvarado and Zingrone are team-teaching Introduction to Parapsychology and Loyd Auerbach is teaching Investigating Apparitions, Hauntings and… Continue Reading

Controlled Remote Viewing Classes Coming To The Eileen J. Garrett Library

Controlled Remote Viewing Classes Coming To The Eileen J. Garrett Library May 2 -4, 2014 Parapsychology Foundation will proudly host Controlled Remote Viewing Classes at the Eileen J. Garrett Library, 308 Front Street, Greenport, New York 10944 May 2-4, 2014. This three day course from 9 -5 will be taught by Lori Williams, Executive Director… Continue Reading

Obituary of Mrs. Eileen Coly in newest issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration

The Journal of Scientific Exploration is publishing in their latest issue, an obituary written by PF former staff members and current volunteers, Drs. Carlos S. Alvarado and Nancy L. Zingrone. The obituary charts some of the details of Mrs. Coly’s very productive life at the helm of the Parapsychology Foundation. We are all grateful to… Continue Reading

Read about PF’s own Susan MacWillam and her new art installation at the Quad Gallery in Derby open until November 23rd, 2014

The PF’s own Film Archivist, Susan MacWilliam, is showing a new art installation at the Quad Gallery in Derby in England. The installation which is centered around her new film, An Answer is Expected, includes sculpture as well, and explores the work of J. B. Rhine and the early Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University. Susan’s… Continue Reading