Find out about the concept of using machines to commune with ghosts – known as instrumental transcommunication – and how this practice evolved from traditional mediumship.
Sheffield-based artist Tyler Mellins will reflect on how these ideas have informed his own work. He'll also look at how they are prevalent in the latest exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium.
Featuring a variety of historic and contemporary references, this talk will examine the connections between spiritualism and the advance of technology from the 19th century to the present day. It will also highlight similarities in approach across spiritualism, psychoanalysis and art to gently question whether ghostly phenomena might originate from within our own subconscious.
Tyler Mellins studied at Sheffield Institute of Arts and is now based at Yorkshire Artspace. He is currently on a two-year residency with Site Gallery as part of the Freelands Artist Programme. The talk will draw on his experiences as a practicing artist and paranormal investigator.
Read our review of Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as Medium.
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