5 November, 11:00 to 12:00
Susan MacWilliam will discuss her work in ‘Modern Experiments’, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date.
Modern Experiments presents key pieces from the artist’s career with a focus on works created from 1998 onward when the artist began working with video.
Since then, MacWilliam’s work has explored cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena and she has made work about mediumship, ectoplasm, x-ray vision, telepathy, table tilting, clairvoyance and dermo optical perception. The work presented in this exhibition forms a unique and significant body of material exploring subjects that are on the periphery and beyond mainstream scientific and psychological study.
Modern Experiments features fifteen of Susan MacWilliam’s videos and installations including The Last Person, 1998 (Shortlisted for IMMA Glen Dimplex 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. Supported by a major Touring and Dissemination of Work Grant awarded through a joint initiative by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the exhibition will tour throughout 2017 to the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda; Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen and The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.
Fostering cross-border collaboration and building on existing links between the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and institutions throughout Ireland, this tour offers a unique opportunity for audiences to experience a survey exhibition of one of our most significant artists.