An Artist’s Adventures with the Supernormal

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Rare Book Room
Contact Information: Elizabeth Dunn, 919-660-5824 or elizabeth.dunn(at)

"Artist as Medium," 2008Video and installation artist Susan MacWilliam will speak about her archivally-based art, which focuses on the world of the paranormal, the tradition of psychical research, the supersensory, and ideas about perceptual phenomenon.

This summer, she is studying the experimental and groundbreaking ESP and telepathy research of Dr. J. B. Rhine through materials in the RBMSCL (focusing on the Parapsychology Laboratory Records) and at the Rhine Research Center. Susan MacWilliam’s residency in Durham is supported through funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

For Thursday’s talk, she will show some of her video pieces and discuss the ways that she transforms her archival discoveries and interviews into artistic creations.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more background on Susan MacWilliam’s work, please visit her website.

Post contributed by Elizabeth Dunn, Research Services Librarian.