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Zoe Beloff, The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C.

Like Susan Hiller, Zoe Beloff works with female image making that could be considered outside of the mainstream canon of art history in her work The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C. Beloff has worked with the theme of nineteenth century spiritualism in a number of her works, such as Beyond and The Influencing Machine of Miss Natalija A, about a patient of the psychoanalyst Victor Tausk who believes her mind is being manipulated at a distance by electrical apparatus and secret far away doctors. The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C. is a four channel stereoscopic surround sound DVD installation is 30 Minutes, and the 2004 cast included Tea Alagic, Kate Valk, Greg Mehrten, Fred Newman, Anthony Wellman, Jim Fletcher, Krishna Vutla, and Robert Ankers. The viewer enters a darkened room to discover life size stereoscopic figures that appear to inhabit our own three dimensional space. These phantoms reenact a series of ten séances held in Algeria and Paris from 1904 to 1912 with the French medium Eva C. Beloff pointing to the gender issues involved within mediumism, in which mediums became famous not for their own voice or identity but for channeling the voices of others.

 

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