Friday, July 31, 2015

Tony Oursler collection spooks LUMA

Blouin Artinfo reports that a collection of artifacts and artwork from the collection of Tony Oursler, grandson of Houdini's friend and associate Fulton Oursler, are on show at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France, though September 20.

"Tony Oursler’s Imponderable" includes spirit photographs, supernatural ephemera, and Houdini material inherited from his grandfather in 2000 (including the image on the right) displayed in artistic ways.

"Collecting this stuff was a hermetic hobby for me," Oursler said. "But this challenged me to look at the archive in a different way."

Oursler has also created a film featuring Houdini, Conan Doyle, Margery the Medium and, oddly enough, Frankenstein's monster. It all sounds pretty avant-garde. Below is an image from the film showing Margery in her famous Houdini-made control box. You can watch the trailer on Vimeo.

Tony Oursler's work and collection will also be published in an upcoming book, Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler, due for release on September 29, 2015. The book can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.


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