New York

Zoe Beloff

Bellwether

Zoe Beloff’s video installation The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C., 2004, in which the artist recreates a series of ten séances held in early twentieth-century Algeria and Paris, includes a four-channel projection in luminous black-and-white. This multiscreen, stereoscopic work requires the viewer to don 3-D glasses—a fitting accessory with which to search for mysterious presences that may or may not make themselves apparent. Seen this way, outlines shimmer unsteadily, and characters sometimes seem about to walk right through the furniture.

In most scenes of the video, Eva is presented to various experts, including parapsychologist Baron von Schrenck-Notzing. These witnesses see, among other marvels, the appearance of ectoplasm (supposedly the physical manifestation of a cosmic presence) and materializations (projections from the medium’s mind, which in this case take the form of

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