Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, June 24th till August 5th, 2017
Animal/Séance is an installation composed of an experiment, a bank of photo images and a video around themes challenging anthropocentrism and engaging my belief in the consciousness of all beings. The experiment component, developed from the collected submissions of community members about their animal companions who had recently passed, was used to teach and test a simple telepathic communication technique. Gallery visitors were able to participate by sitting at a carrel and choosing an animal from a selection on a computer screen, and then answering 3-5 questions about an animal companion after a brief and guided explanation about how to communicate telepathically. The idea of this ‘experiment’ was not to prove or disprove the existence of telepathy, but to encourage a more open and engaged approach to the very question of its existence.