Tyler Coburn, Remote Viewer (animation), 2018, digital video, black-and-white, silent, 7 minutes 42 seconds.

Tyler Coburn

Koenig & Clinton

As surveillance and communications technologies grow ever more sophisticated, so, too, must our expectations of privacy evolve to both answer and anticipate these new forms of digitally enhanced access. And yet, long before the days of search engines and social media streams, there were drug-addled Delphic priestesses, clairvoyants gazing into crystal balls, and salon-parlor spiritualists, spewing ectoplasm or rapping away under their tables. While instances of paranormal prescience are well documented around the globe, mainstream science has kept a careful distance from the subject. Indeed, when Upton Sinclair published Mental Radio (1930), a book documenting the purported telepathic abilities of his second wife, Mary Craig, pioneering parapsychologist William McDougall praised the writer for his courage in venturing into a field “in which reputations are more easily lost than made.”


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