There is a Survival Research Institute of Canada (SRIC) in Winnipeg that is giving a free talk on table levitation phenomena. Who wouldn’t go to this? For F-R-E-E?! The SRIC’s mission is “to investigate whether some part of human consciousness or personality survives physical death and whether that surviving “spirit” is able to communicate with the living.”
They seem to be a good resource of all things spiritualist if you’re in Canada. Plus they have a library and books that you can buy that you prolly can’t find anywhere else. I have totally forgone the use of the word “probably” for prolly and I’m ok with it.
I like that they use terms like “bodily death”.
They also just did a lecture about ectoplasm that is the same lecture that’s been done since 1922 which is weird. The ectoplasm presentation accompanies Irish artist Susan MacWilliam‘s exhibit of her “Flammarion” installation based upon the 10 June 1931 ectoplasm photographed by Dr. T.G. Hamilton. She researched at the T. G. Hamilton archives at the University of Manitoba, which has digitized over 700 images and 1300 notes from seances. Want to watch hours of video about T. G. Hamilton and the work he did around voice mediumship, wax fingerprints, and ectoplasmic phenomena? Here are seven videos.
Here MacWilliam is talking about her work at the Venice Biennale.
Also, did you happen to see Helen Duncan in that article? She was the last person to be imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act in 1944. She was a Scottish spiritualist.
The whole thing is just so thrilling. Susan MacWilliam wins artist of the century! Even if just for effort and intrigue.
Posted in Art, Occult
Tagged British Witchcraft Act, Dr. T.G. Hamilton, F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N, Flammarion, Helen Duncan, seance, spirit photography, Survival Research Institute of Canada, Susan MacWilliam, table levitation, University of Manitoba, Venice Biennale, Walter Meyer zu Erpen, Winnipeg
The Massachusetts Mental Health Center (formerly the Boston Psychopathic Hospital) closed in 2003, and was slated for demolition. Artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to create a site-specific project where she installed 28,000 flowers in the building. The public was invited to view the installation for a four-day period. There are some Q&As with the artist on Colossal.
I LOOOVE this. It’s the tarot, updated for queers of today! Two dozen artists created a deck of 78 cards, updating the imagery for contemporary wants. They changed the Major arcana to found objects: bones, feathers, bottles and keys. Here’s what one of the creators, Annie Murphy says about the project:
We set out on this project because we wanted to access the ancient tradition of the Tarot, but were unable to relate to what we saw as archaic Christian, Euro- and hetero-centricities of modern decks available on the market. With the Collective Tarot, people can expect to see beings and bodies of size and of color represented, as well as differently-abled, multi-gendered and multi-generational characters. Tarot itself is Euro-Centric, originating (arguably) in 15th-century Italy. It is folk-art-magic that has amazingly survived through centuries of repression. We wanted to be able to use the Tarot as a tool while making the images relevant to ourselves and our communities.
You can order one today!
Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde makes clouds indoors! Inside of doors! He uses a smoke machine and the right lighting to make magic. See a video of him doing it at the Washington Post. Just another example of why artists need to learn science. Cause they might need it someday.
Brooklyn and North Carolina based photographer and writer Jen Altman is doing wonders with Polaroids. How does she do it? I have such a hard time with the Impossible Project instant film, but maybe she has a secret stash of the best Polaroid film ever. She’s also the author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids.
Singapore-based artist Izziyana Suhaimi creates my favorite embroidered drawings to date. Usually I see this kind of stuff and say, eh, I’ve seen it before, but these stopped me. I mean, LOOK at them.
Her series, The looms in our bones, combines pencil drawings of “strange and awkward but attractive girls” with embroidery.