The Resonances of Eusapia Paladino

wood, glass, mirrors, carpet, lampshades, electricity. 2009

The Bussey Building, Peckham

The Resonances of Eusapia Paladino is a mixed media installation hardwired into the ceiling. Squire uses found and second-hand materials to allude to the traces of previous lives left behind through evidence of use and wear, being ‘ in touch’ with the past via stagings of objects.

These ‘Resonances’ are a play on the tricks used by Victorian medium Eusapia Paladino in particular, who learned sleight of hand from her husband who was a theatrical impressario and magician. Paladino fooled leading scientists and scholars at her seances who were studying spiritual phenomena. Their names were exposed in the British Medical journal in 1895 as being taken in by what psychical researcher Harry Price later was to describe as childish tricks.

In an installation made especially to explore the arguement of Judd’s specific object v  Greenburg’s theatrical staging; mundane domestic objects are used to dramatise a theatrical staging that supposes otherworldly contact.

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