Experiment M

1999 
Installation with 2 videos
Both B+W, SIlent, 5mins 43secs

Between 1914 and 1920 Dr William Jackson Crawford researched the mediumistic phenomena occurring at the séances of the Goligher Circle, Belfast. Crawford's relationship to the table tilting medium Kathleen Goligher is explored, and the path of Crawford's inquistive eyes is traced as the camera leads the viewer through the séance room.
Foot Box in Experiment M, 1999, EV+A, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, 2001
Experiment M explores the case of medium Kathleen Goligher and researcher Dr William Jackson Crawford.

Between 1914 and 1920 Dr William Jackson Crawford (1881-1920), a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Belfast Municipal Institute and Queen’s University researched the mediumistic phenomena occurring at the séances of the Goligher Circle, Belfast. Crawford's relationship to the table tilting medium Kathleen Goligher is explored, and the path of Crawford's inquistive eyes is traced as the camera leads the viewer through the séance room.

Experiment M comprises a set and a double channel video. The set recreates the attic room where the Goligher séances and Crawford's observations took place. Working from photographs, descriptions and measurements in Crawford's books experimental testing apparatus such as the table and foot box have been reconstructed. The videos viewed on two monitors present visual explorations of the space of the séance room, observations of the medium's body and textual excerpts from Crawford's books.
Experiment M, 1999, in The Notice Day in this Factory is Thursday, Consortium, Amsterdam, 2000
Experiment M, 1999, Context Gallery, Derry, 1999
The Psychic Structures At The Goligher Circle, by W.J. Crawford, D.Sc,1921, E.P. Dutton & Company, New York, showing image experimental foot box
Experiment M, 1999, Invitation Card, Context Gallery, Derry, 1999
Experiment M, 1999, Invitation Card, Context Gallery, Derry, 1999
Experiment M, 1999, in The Notice Day in this Factory is Thursday, Consortium, Amsterdam, 2000
Experiment M, 1999, in The Notice Day in this Factory is Thursday, Consortium, Amsterdam, 2000
Experiment M, 1999, in The Notice Day in this Factory is Thursday, Consortium, Amsterdam, 2000
Experiment M, 1999, video stills