Working with video, photography and installation Susan MacWilliam’s work explores obscure and overlooked histories, and considers perceptual phenomena and the world of the paranormal and supersensory. With an interest in that which is on the periphery of the mainstream and which falls beyond conventional fields of science and psychology Susan MacWilliam has developed an extensive body of work, exploring a range of phenomena including dermo optical perception, table tilting, psychic abilities and mediumship.
Working as both observer and participant Susan MacWilliam has worked closely with prominent parapsychologists and psychical research institutions, including poltergeist investigator Dr William G. Roll; the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Yvonne Duplessis, Paris, and the New York family of the Irish born medium Eileen Garrett. She has worked extensively with historical archives including those of the Parapsychology Foundation, New York; the T.G. Hamilton Spirit Photograph Archive, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; Parapsychology Laboratory Records, Duke University, Durham, NC and the records of the Society for Psychical Research, University of Cambridge Library.
In 2017 Susan MacWilliam was awarded the first prize in the EIKON Award (45+), Vienna, for female photographers and media artists 45 years+. In 2009 she represented Northern Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with her solo show REMOTE VIEWING. Her mid-career survey exhibition MODERN EXPERIMENTS toured Ireland in 2016-7 with exhibitions at FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge; Highlanes, Drogheda; West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, and Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Susan MacWilliam has published three monographs: MODERN EXPERIMENTS (2019), AN ANSWER is EXPECTED (2017) and REMOTE VIEWING (2009). She is represented by CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC.