Explaining Magic to Mercer

2005
Installation with Video and framed images
Colour, Stereo, 10mins 40secs
The artist and her 5 year old nephew discuss the bizarre and extraordinary phenomena attributed to the historical figures that have been the subject of her work.
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
The artist discusses the bizarre and extraordinary phenomena attributed to the historical figures that have been the subject of her work, with her 5 year old nephew Mercer.

A number of obscure historical figures have been the subject of MacWilliam’s work. These figures posses a variety of bizarre and extraordinary phenomena which are discussed in the 2005 video work Explaining Magic To Mercer, here the artist discusses the X-Ray vision of Kuda Bux, the ectoplasmic materialisations of Helen Duncan, the multiple personalities of Mollie Fancher and the fingertip vision of Rosa Kuleshova with her 5 year old nephew Mercer. The installation includes the DVD and two framed images.

Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005, framed handwriting
Explaining Magic to Mercer, in It Is Only a State of Mind, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, 2013/14
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, in A Dark Noise, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2006
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, 2005
Explaining Magic to Mercer, in Vanishing Futures: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2015