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Susan MacWilliam

By 25th February 2022May 13th, 2022Individuals, Artists

Susan MacWilliam

Born 1969 (Belfast)
Website susanmacwilliam.com

Susan MacWilliam represented Northern Ireland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Susan is a lecturer in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Her video works are held in the British Library Sound Archive.

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Bio & Career

Working with video, photography and installation MacWilliam’s work explores obscure and overlooked histories and considers perceptual phenomena and the world of the paranormal and supersensory.  Through anecdote, reconstruction and detailed editing MacWilliam’s works explore forms of portraiture and interpretation, and provide a historical visual record of cases within the history of parapsychology and psychical research. The works consider the world of the paranormal, the supersensory and the tradition of psychical research. With an interest in that which is on the periphery of the mainstream and which falls beyond conventional fields of science and psychology 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 MacWilliam has worked closely with prominent parapsychologists and psychical research institutions, including poltergeist investigator Dr William G. Roll and the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Yvonne Duplessis, Paris. Susan’s sustained engagement with the New York family of the Irish born medium Eileen Garrett has resulted in the production of five video works. MacWilliam has worked with historical archives internationally 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 Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC.; and the records of the Society for Psychical Research, University of Cambridge Library.2

Publications

Appears in

  • 2017,  A Séance of Objects & Images, Susan MacWilliam discusses Modern Experiments, Visual Artists Ireland, Read Online
  • 2016, Through the Camera, Paranormal Review, Society for Psychical Research, Issue 77, Winter
  • 2011, My Adventures in the Supernormal, Paranormal Review, Society for Psychical Research, July
  • 2010, Double Take/Take Two, On Jordan Baseman’s Welcome Trust project Nature’s Great Experiment, Read Online
  • 2009, Venice Biennale Q&A, Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, Aug
  • 2008, Review of Ben Craig, BA Degree Show, University of Ulster, CIRCA, Issue No. 125, Summer
  • 2008, Review of Lorraine Burrell exhibition, Third Space Gallery’, CIRCA, Issue No. 123, Spring
  • 2006, CIRCA magazine Issue No. 118, Front Cover
  • 2006, Article, Arts Council of Northern Ireland Publication, Issue 6, Apr
  • 2005, Catalogue essay, ‘Four Now’, exhibition catalogue of works from Arts Council Collections (North and South of Ireland) –               co-selected by self, overall curation – Sarah Glennie
  • 2005, Dialogues: Women Artists from Ireland’, (S.MacWilliam interview) ed. Katy Deepwell, I.B. Tauris
  • 2004, Professional Development Article, SSI Newsletter
  • 2003, Article, Arts Council of Northern Ireland Publication, Issue 1, Summer
  • 2002, Caribbean Contemporary Arts Residency Review, Artists Newsletter, Jan
  • 1999, Out of Belfast, published interviews, Denison University, Ohio (S.MacWilliam interview) ed. Joy Sperling
  • 1996, Belfast Festival at Queens: Programme Cover
  • 1994, CIRCA magazine Issue No 70, Front Cover

Awards and honours

  • 2017, EIKON Award (45+), First Prize, EIKON International Magazine for Photography and Media Art Press Release
  • 2017, Award for European female photographers and media artists aged 45 and over
  • 2012, Individual Artist Award, Commission, Derry City of Culture, Derry
  • 2010, Manitoba Day Award, Association for Manitoba Archives – For ‘F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N’, 2009 and
  • 2010, Venice Biennale publication ‘Remote Viewing’
  • 2007, Prize Winner, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co.Mayo. Curated by Ingrid Swenson
  • 2005, Award, EV+A 2005, Curator – Dan Cameron
  • 2003, Perspective 03, Prize Winner, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Curator Enrique Juncosa
  • 2001, Major Individual Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • 2001, Award, EV+A 2001, Residency Award, CCA, Trinidad, (EV+A Curator – Salah Hassan)
  • 2000, Nominated, Belfast Arts Awards
  • 2000, illy Café Commission, Image Design for Espresso Cups – PS1/MOMA 2001 Collection
  • 1999, PS1 International Studio Programme, New York, 1 Year Scholarship
  • 1999, Award, EV+A ’99, Curator: Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
  • 1999, Short Listed, Glen Dimplex Artists Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 1997, Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency, Annaghmakkerig – Belfast City Council Bursary
  • 1996, Belfast Festival at Queens, Commission for Programme Cover Image
  • 1995, Belfast 1991 Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2019, The Telepaths, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2018, Observations and Communications, Illuminations Gallery, National University of Ireland/NUI Maynooth
  • 2017, Susan MacWilliam, Modern Experiments (Survey Exhibition), Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
  • 2017, Susan MacWilliam, Modern Experiments (Survey Exhibition), West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
  • 2017, Susan MacWilliam, Modern Experiments (Survey Exhibition), Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
  • 2016, Susan MacWilliam, Modern Experiments (Survey Exhibition), F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge
  • 2016, Medium Wavelength, Bleed gallery, NAS, Dublin
  • 2014,  AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED, QUAD, Derby
  • 2014, KATHLEEN, Central Library, Derry
  • 2013, AN ANSWER IS EXPECTED, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton
  • 2013, Susan MacWilliam VIDEO WORKS, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery, Northampton
  • 2012, Out of this World, Noxious Sector Projects, Seattle
  • 2012, F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N, Open Space, Victoria, BC
  • 2010, F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N, aceart inc, Winnipeg
  • 2010, Supersense, Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen
  • 2010, Susan MacWilliam, Conner Contemporary, Washington DC
  • 2010, F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2010, F-L-A-M-M-A-R-I-O-N, NCAD Gallery, Dublin
  • 2009, Remote Viewing, 53rd Venice Biennale 2009, Solo exhibition representing Northern Ireland
  • 2009, 13 Roland Gardens, Golden Thread Gallery Project Space, Belfast
  • 2008, Eileen, Gimpel Fils, London
  • 2008, Double Vision, Jack the Pelican Presents, New York
  • 2006, Dermo Optics, Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia
  • 2006, Susan MacWilliam, Ard Bia Café, Galway
  • 2004, Headbox, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
  • 2003, On The Eye, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2002, On The Eye, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
  • 2001, Susan MacWilliam, Gallery 1, Cornerhouse, Manchester
  • 2000, The Persistence of Vision, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
  • 1999, Experiment M, Context Gallery, Derry
  • 1999, Faint, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
  • 1997, Curtains, Project Arts Centre, Dublin
  • 1995, Liptych II, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
  • 1994, Liptych, Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lisburn
  • 1994, List, Street Level Gallery, Irish News Building, Belfast

Group exhibitions

  • 2019, The Yalta Game: Myrid Carten, Susan MacWilliam, James Glass, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (Nov–Jan)
  • 2019, Queer Paranormal, Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont (Oct–Dec)
  • 2019, Arts Council NI Collection, Belfast Exposed, Belfast
  • 2018, EIKON Award (45+): Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Susan MacWilliam, Gabriele Rothemann, Künstlerhaus 1050, Vienna
  • 2018, Hummadruz, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance
  • 2018, Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse
  • 2018, CROSSROADS 2018, San Francisco Cinematheque, SF MOMA, San Francisco
  • 2018, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art / IMMA, Dublin
  • 2018, BrickandMortar, CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC.
  • 2018, The Dollhouse: Autumn Season, The Dollhouse, Heemstede, The Netherlands
  • 2017, Soul Noir, No 13 North Great Georges Street, Dublin
  • 2017 , The New Archive, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton
  • 2017, Antimatter [Media Art] Film Festival, Victoria, BC.
  • 2017, Simultan 2017 Pos:sible Futu:res, Timisoara, Romania
  • 2017, Claremorris Open, Claremorris
  • 2017, San Diego Underground Film Festival, Tenth Avenue Arts Centre, San Diego
  • 2017, Medium, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA.
  • 2017, Out of Body, Irish Film Institute, Dublin
  • 2017, The Golden Record, Galway Arts Centre, Galway
  • 2017, Eye Myth Film Festival, Double Double Land, Toronto
  • 2017, ART WORKS, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
  • 2017, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick
  • 2016, CYFEST, St.Petersburg |  Bogota | NYC | Mexico | Curated by Leah Stuhlrager 2016/2017
  • 2016, EXPO VIDEO | EXPO CHICAGO, Navy Pier, Chicago, Curator: Daria de Beauvais, Palais de Tokyo
  • 2016, Out of Print, The Library Project, Dublin
  • 2016, ART WORKS, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
  • 2016, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Montreal
  • 2016, On Camera, Short Circuit, Presuming Ed, Brighton
  • 2016, Stockholm Experimental And Animation Film Festival, Bio Rio Cinema, Stockholm
  • 2016, Swedenborg Film Festival, Swedenborg Hall, London
  • 2015, Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2015, BlowUp Arthouse Film Festival (Official Selection), Chicago
  • 2015, IndieCork Film Festival, Gate Cinema, Cork
  • 2015, Psychic Lighthouse, The Model, Sligo
  • 2015, The Girl With The Sun In Her Head, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
  • 2015, Éigse Open, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
  • 2015, A Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth of The Beast, A Palazzo, Brescia
  • 2015, Chimera, The Agency, London
  • 2014, Juvenilia, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s University, Belfast
  • 2014, Foundation14, Tullamore, Offaly
  • 2014, Welcome To The Neighbourhood, Askeaton, Limerick
  • 2014, Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2013, The Air of Songs, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia
  • 2013, It’s Only A State of Mind, Kunstverein Heidelberg
  • 2013, Precious Cargo, London Street Gallery, Derry          
  • 2013, Royal Ulster Academy Annual (Invited Artist), Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • 2013, Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art XCatalyst Arts, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2013, Art In The Eastside, Billboard Project, Belfast
  • 2013, Things In Translation, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
  • 2013, It’s Only A State of Mind, NGBK, Berlin
  • 2013, CINESONIKA 3 – International Film & Video Festival, Nerve Centre, Derry
  • 2012, Portobello Film Festival, International Features, London
  • 2012, WUNDER, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
  • 2012, O Diamond, Diamond, Five Lamps Arts Festival, Dublin
  • 2012, Cutting A Door, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
  • 2012, Interplanetary Revolution, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2012, Afterlife, Tot Zover, Funeral Museum, Cemetery De Nieuwe Ooster, Amsterdam
  • 2011,  Afterlife, Tot Zover, Funeral Museum, Cemetery De Nieuwe Ooster, Amsterdam
  • 2011, WUNDER, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
  • 2011, We Make Versions, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
  • 2011, The Edge of Reason, Kino Kino, Sandnes, Norway
  • 2010, Dig Down In Time, Man & Eve, London
  • 2010, 8th International Photo-Triennial, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
  • 2010, Sacred, Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen
  • 2010, To Believe, La MaMa La Galeria, New York. Curated by Jeffrey Walkowiak
  • 2010, Not Necessarily In That Order, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2010, Ireland Northern Ireland, Works from the Venice Biennale, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
  • 2010, A View From Napoleon’s Nose, Kao Yuan Arts Centre, Taiwan
  • 2010, Invisible, Various Venues, Dublin, Curated by Black Church Print Studios, Dublin
  • 2010, Downstairs: Review Part I, Gimpel Fils, London
  • 2009, The Object of Attack, David Roberts Foundation, London
  • 2009, Time is a Sausage, Domobaal, London
  • 2009, The 6th Burren Annual, Burren College of Art Gallery, Burren, Galway
  • 2009, Feel The Force, Café Gallery Projects, London
  • 2009, We Know More Than We Can Tell, Context Gallery, Derry
  • 2008, RUA Invited Artists, Drawing Offices, Harland And Wolff, Belfast
  • 2008, Based On Our Current Science… Video Screening, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar/The Gallery Of Photography, Dublin. Curated by Sally Timmons
  • 2008, Salon, Studio 6, Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin. Curated by Jennie Guy
  • 2008,  Trickery and Illusion in Cinema – Video Screening, Tatton Park Biennial, Manchester
  • 2008, Drawing a Line: A Contemporary Survey of Northern Irish Art, Art Museum of Heilongjiang Daily, China.
  • 2007, Seeing is Believing, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
  • 2007, The Fall Season, Jack The Pelican Presents, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2007, Rigor Mort, Basement Gallery, Dundalk and Castle Ellen House, Galway. Curator – Sally Timmons
  • 2007, Terms and Conditions, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Wicklow
  • 2007, The Double Image, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Curator – Dougal McKenzie
  • 2007, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co.Mayo. (Award Winner) Curator – Ingrid Swenson
  • 2007, Synesthesia Sat, Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival, Birr, Co.Offally. Curator – Paul Murnaghan
  • 2007, New Art from Northern Ireland, The Katzen Arts Centre at American University, Washington, DC, USA
  • 2007, Things We May Have Missed, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2007, London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London. Golden Thread Gallery Project Space
  • 2006, Flash on The Screen, Basekamp Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2006, Revolving Ambiguity, The Grove Gallery, the St. Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick
  • 2006, A Dark Noise, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Curator – Peter Richards
  • 2006, Vstop Prost, Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia
  • 2006, EV+A 2006, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick. Curator – Katerina Gregos
  • 2006, Smoke and Mirrors, Mac, Birmingham
  • 2006, Platform 1, Knockbride House, Bailieborough, Co.Cavan
  • 2005, To Be Continued…/Jatkuu…, Helsinki Photography Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Curator – Brett Rogers
  • 2005, Offside II, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Video Screening
  • 2005, Red White Blue, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York. Curators Erin Krause, Sadie Laska, Mark Orange
  • 2005, From The Liberties to Parramatta, Female Orphanage School Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • 2005, ‘Feelers’, Artists Pages, Printed Project  Issue 5, Sculptors Society of Ireland, Launched Venice Biennale
  • 2005, Artistas Visuales de Belfast, La Sala Naranja, Valencia, Spain
  • 2005, EV+A 2005, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick. (Award Winner) Curator – Dan Cameron (New Museum)
  • 2005, The Belfast Way: Young Art from Northern Ireland, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, Curator –                   Sergio Edelsztein
  • 2004, Thinking of Ideas, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2004, Inter, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
  • 2004, Eye Test, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Old Royal Naval College, Maritime Greenwich, London
  • 2003, Think Over, Rialto Santambrogio, Rome
  • 2003, Perspective 03, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast. (Award Winner) Curator Enrique Juncosa, Director IMMA, Dublin
  • 2003, House of Science, Kino Central, Berlin
  • 2003, Afterlife, Chapter Arts, Cardiff
  • 2003, Afterlife, Guildhall, Newcastle Upon Tyne                                            
  • 2003, Exhumed, Video Screening, Museum of Garden History, London, Curator William Rallison
  • 2003, Hindsight, Video Screening, Arnolfini, Bristol, Curated by Picture This Moving Image
  • 2003, LUX Open 2003, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2003, EV+A 2003, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick. Curator Virginia Perez-Ratton
  • 2003, The National Gallery, The Return, The Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Dublin
  • 2002, Crawford Open 3, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
  • 2002, Home and Away: Contemporary Irish Art, Irish Arts Centre, New York
  • 2002, Videoteque 2, Newlyn Gallery, Penzance
  • 2002, From Dusk to Dawn, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Old Royal Naval College, Maritime Greenwich, London
  • 2002     Videoteque, Ten Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
  • 2002, Cluster, Bowes Bar, Dublin, Curator Katie Holten
  • 2002, Home and Away: Contemporary Irish Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2002, Appropriation, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
  • 2002, EV+A 2002, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick. Curator Dr. Apinan Poshyananda
  • 2001, It’s All Over, Again, Proposition Gallery, Belfast
  • 2001, Crawford Open 2, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
  • 2001, Laois Arts Festival, Laois
  • 2001, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co.Mayo. Curator – Lewis Biggs
  • 2001, Install, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
  • 2001, EV+A 2001, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick (Award Winner). Curator – Salah Hassan
  • 2001, Multiples, ICA Bookstore, London
  • 2000, Multiples, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
  • 2000, The Notice Day in This Factory is Thursday, Consortium, Amsterdam
  • 2000, D-Net Festival, LUX, London
  • 2000, Portobello Film and Video Festival, London
  • 2000, Clockwork 2000, (PS1 International and National Studio Program Show), Clocktower, Broadway, New York
  • 2000, The Notice Day in This Factory is Thursday, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2000, Fantasy and Identity, Star67, Brooklyn, New York
  • 1999,  Glen Dimplex Artists Award 1999, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 1999,  EV+A ‘99, Limerick City Art Gallery, Limerick (Award Winner). Curator – Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
  • 1999, Multiples II, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
  • 1999, The Grotesqueness of Desire, insideART, Chicago, USA
  • 1999, Daughters of the Middle Border, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
  • 1999, Haunted, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
  • 1998, Zone Festival ‘98, Maidstone, Kent
  • 1998, Victor Treacy Award Exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
  • 1998, First Cut, (Video Screening), Irish Film Centre, Dublin
  • 1998, EV+A ‘98, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick. Curator – Paul O’Reilly
  • 1998, Exhibition of Northern Irish Art, The Loft Gallery, Kingston, New York
  • 1998, Video Soup, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 1998, Fix ‘98, Time Based Arts Festival, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
  • 1997,  Intermedia ‘97, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
  • 1996, Splatter, Crawfordsburn House, Crawfordsburn, Co.Down
  • 1996, House Style, The Bedroom, Greenore Street, Belfast
  • 1995, Arcadia, North Street Arcade, Belfast
  • 1995, Subterraneans, Catalyst Arts, Belfast. Curator – Dougal McKenzie
  • 1994, BBC Show, BBC Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
  • 1994, Iontas Small Works Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo
  • 1994, Iontas Small Works Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
  • 1994, Hit and Run, Wilmont House, Belfast
  • 1994, Belfast Young Contemporaries, One Oxford Street, Belfast
  • 1993, EV+A ‘93, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
  • 1992, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co.Mayo
  • 1992, Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Belfast
  • 1991, Fresh Art, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London
  • 1990, Hanover Gallery, Liverpool
  • 1990, Righton Gallery, Manchester

External links & References

  1. “about” susan mc william https://www.susanmacwilliam.com/about
  2. “about” susan mc william https://www.susanmacwilliam.com/about