Tony Oursler’s The Influence Machine, installed at Madison Square Park, captures voices and images of ghosts, both contemporary and historical, creating a séance experience that recalls 19th-century sound and light projections. Oursler (b.1957, New York City, NY) experiments with video, smoke machines, a variety of soundtracks, and several sculptural elements to explore the historical and current impact technologies have on our daily lives. - Read on at PublicArtfund.org
Now on view: Tony Oursler’s Imponderable, a supernatural “5-D” cinematic environment utilizing a contemporary form of Pepper’s ghost—a 19th-century phantasmagoric device—and a range of sensory effects (scents, vibrations, etc.).
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies? Tony Oursler’s Imponderable, currently on view, explores our belief, or disbelief, in all things supernatural. The exhibition includes an immersive “5-D” cinematic environment utilizing a contemporary form of Pepper’s ghost—a 19th-century phantasmagoric device—and a range of sensory effects. Also on view are objects from the artist’s personal archive of ephemera relating to stage magic, spirit photography, pseudoscience, telekinesis, and other manifestations of the paranormal. Read more about Oursler’s collection and work in the Observer.