The Persistence Of Vision

2000
B+W and Colour, Stereo, 7mins 40secs

Though bedridden for 50 years, exhibiting multiple personalities and technically blind, the vision of 'The Brooklyn Enigma' Mollie Fancher persisted through her clairvoyant ability. Against a sountrack of thunder (said to have induced deep trances), imagery moves from interior to exterior, through New York, Cape Cod, and Ohio.
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision explores the extraordinary case of Mollie Fancher, who while bedridden for fifty years exhibited multiple personalities and clairvoyant powers. The Persistence of Vision references ideas about the retention of images, sensation, and space and location.

Shot in New York, Cape Cod, and Ohio, and set against a soundtrack of thunder claps, The Persistence of Vision leads the viewer through interior and exterior spaces. Dubbed 'The Brooklyn Enigma', Mollie Fancher lived in Brooklyn, New York, where In 1866 at the age of 17 following a fall from a horse and from a streetcar she sustained injuries that kept her bedridden for 50 years. During this time Mollie exhibited multiple personalities, and experienced deep trances, often induced by the sound of thunder.

Although Mollie was technically and medically blind her 'vision' persisted and she was able to see clairvoyantly across time and space. The Persistence of Vision reflects the artists's interest in spiritualism, trance, hysteria and psychology.
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, installation shot, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2001
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still
The Persistence of Vision, 2000, video still