VICTORIA EMES, CLARE STRAND, SHANNON TAGGART, RICHARD WISEMAN
Curated by Benedict Burbridge
produced in association with Photoworks
Saturday 22 September ' Sunday 28 October 2007
This new Permanent Gallery exhibition, produced in association with Photoworks, brings together a number of photographs, many exhibited for the first time, that display a preoccupation with the supernatural, paranormal or occult. These range from contemporary art works to vernacular imagery, scientific studies to the plethora of amateur images uploaded everyday onto the internet. As the show's title ' taken from a 1869 essay by the French spiritualist Camille Flammarion ' suggests, all the photographers featured share a certain investigatory spirit, their work informed by a peculiar convergence between photography, science and the occult. Each is influenced, in different ways, by a sense of the intangible, those aspects of experience which lie outside the normal confines of photographic representation, as well as by the technical means through which these phenomena might be lent concrete or visual form.