Thursday 5 September 2013 | 7.00 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm) | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Admission is free (booking advised)
From the heyday of Victorian spiritualism to the darkest hours of the Cold War, tonight’s presentations look at two of the more unusual directions taken by photographers and their chosen medium. This event will form part of THE CONGRESS FOR CURIOUS PEOPLE 2013, produced by Morbid Anatomy, Preserved! and Strange Attractor, and supported by the Wellcome Trust.
ALEX MURRAY, Assistant Librarian and Archivist at the Swedenborg Society, will present a selection of unique, nineteenth century spiritualist images, texts, and artefacts from Swedenborg House’s Wilkinson Collection. MARK PILKINGTON, author of Mirage Men, Far Out, and Strange Attractor overlord, will talk about the history of Kirlian photography and its role in US and Soviet espionage at the height of the Cold War. Artist ALISON GILL (London, UK) and photographer/independent researcher SHANNON TAGGART (Brooklyn, USA) will discuss the role of Kirlian photographic techniques in their own work, followed by a workshop demonstration during which Shannon will give everyone a chance to have their hands photographed. (Images copyright of Shannon Taggart).