FLAMMARION (text)

2008, Plywood


In 1931 a ‘teleplasm’ spelling out the name Flammarion appeared on the wall of a cabinet at a séance in Winnipeg. In this work the teleplasmic manifestation is monumentalised in plywood.
FLAMMARION, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, 2010 | Photograph: Ronan McCrea
In 1931 a ‘teleplasm’ spelling out the name Flammarion appeared on the wall of a séance cabinet in Winnipeg. Camille Flammarion, 1842–1925, was a French astronomer and psychical researcher and his name appeared at Thomas Glendenning Hamilton’s sitting of June 10th, 1931. In this work the teleplasmic manifestation is monumentalised in plywood.

In 2008 Susan MacWilliam worked with the T.G. Hamilton Spirit Photograph Archive / Hamilton Family fonds, held at the Archives and Special Collections, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. This research lead to MacWilliam's film F-L-A-M-MA-R-I-O-N produced for exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009.

F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N features a reconstruction of T.G. Hamilton’s séance cabinet, the Belfast poet Ciaran Carson, Atlanta-based Danish-American poltergeist investigator Dr. William G. Roll and Arla Marshall, Canadian granddaughter of Hamilton’s Scottish sitter Susan Marshall. Recorded in three cities across the globe Carson, Roll and Marshall come together in F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N and respond to the image of the teleplasm. Poltergeist investigator Bill Roll, poet and writer Ciaran Carson and medium's grandaughter Arla Marshall come together in F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N and respond to the image of the teleplasm.

See also F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N

See also Séance Cabinet

FLAMMARION, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, 2010 | Photograph: Ronan McCrea
F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N, 2009, video still
FLAMMARION, Open Space, Victoria, BC, 2012, with red light planchette session | Photo: Open Space and Doug Jarvis
FLAMMARION, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, 2010 | Photo: Ronan McCrea
FLAMMARION, Open Space, Victoria, BC, 2012 | Photo: Open Space and Doug Jarvis
FLAMMARION, Open Space, Victoria, BC, 2012 | Photo: Open Space and Doug Jarvis
FLAMMARION, graffiti that appeared on walls of NCAD / National College of Art & Design, Dublin during the 2010 exhibition of F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N
FLAMMARION, graffiti that appeared on walls of NCAD / National College of Art & Design, Dublin during the 2010 exhibition of F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N