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Out of Body

25 July 2017 / 18.30 / Irish Film Institute

Please note: three of the films in this programme contain a strobe or flicker effect

Presented in partnership with IMMA’s exhibition ‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’, aemi is delighted to collaborate with artist Susan MacWilliam to present ‘Out of Body’, a selection of films that explore the psychic and physical spaces of body and landscape.

Automatic, subliminal and unconscious states of mind are explored through a variety of approaches in works from Jordan Baseman, Maya Deren, Mairead McClean, Paul Sharits, John Smith and Susan MacWilliam. These films encourage a consideration of the external and the internal, of that which is visible and which is not, drawing attention to the very act of looking and even eliciting the feeling of being ‘out of body’.


Psychic Edit, Susan MacWilliam, 2008, Ireland, DCP, 14 seconds looped
Witch’s Cradle Outtakes, Maya Deren, 1943, U.S.A., Digibeta, 10 minutes
State of Mind remix #4, Mairéad McClean, 2005, Ireland, DVD, 10 minutes
Faint, Susan MacWilliam, 1999, Ireland, DCP, 4 minutes
The Black Sea, Jordan Baseman, 2010, U.K-U.S.A., Blu-ray, 3 minutes
Mountain Mist, Susan MacWilliam, 2002, Ireland, DCP, 8 minutes
Om, John Smith, 1988, U.K., 16mm, 4 minutes
Ray Gun Virus, Paul Sharits, 1966, U.S.A., 16mm, 14 minutes
The Last Person, Susan MacWilliam, 1998, Ireland, DCP, 11 minutes

To read Susan MacWilliam’s blog about the ‘Out of Body’ programme on the IMMA website and to hear a recording of the post-screening Q&A click here: Out of Body – Susan MacWilliam