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Susan Hiller, Witness

Psychical research has led to recent manifestations of UFOlogy and extro-science fiction. Susan Hiller’s Witness takes precedence from both the strange doxai narratives of Psychical Research and UFOlogy to operate as an odd yet sympathetic blend of conceptual art and quasi-anthropological collection of doxai narratives. She works with what Roger Luckhurst and Michel Foucault refer to as ‘subjugated knowledges’ of folk and ghost stories, and literature of the double, captured by the Society for Psychical Research. The discourse of psychical research, despite seeking as many connections to science as possible in sharp contradistinction to Spiritualism and Theosophy, which were aggressively opposed to scientific orthodoxies[1]

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