MacWilliam’s method involves the investigation of individual cases particularly those relating to the paranormal, the supernatural and to perceptual phenomena. Using video, photography and installation MacWilliam has made work about materialisation mediums, table tilters, optograms, trance, dermo optical perception and x-ray vision. MacWilliam works extensively with archives and direct first hand contact with research bodies and figures significant to the narratives. The use of interview and documentary processes as portraiture is explored. The works provide a historical visual record and interpretation of particular cases within the history of parapsychology and psychical research.
In 2008 MacWilliam completed a residency in Winnipeg where she researched the Thomas Glendenning Hamilton Spirit Photograph Collection housed at the University of Manitoba Archives. MacWilliam has worked with the Parapsychology Foundation, New York since 2006 and was artist in residence in 2007. She has made a number of video works based on the Irish medium and founder of the Parapsychology Foundation, Eileen J Garrett. These works have been exhibited alongside archival photographs of mediums from the collection of the psychical researcher Harry Price in 'Seeing is Believing' at the Photographers' Gallery, London, as a solo exhibition at Gimpel Fils Gallery, London and at the Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices, Belfast.
In October 2008 MacWilliam attended Utrecht II, Charting the Future, a conference co-organised by the Parapsychology Foundation. In her role as Parapsychology Foundation Film Archivist MacWilliam recorded this conference for the Foundation’s archives. In 2007 she attended the Parapsychological Association Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she met many leading researchers including Stanley Krippner, Rex Stanford, Bill Roll and Erlendur Haroldsson.
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