[Preview Article from The Public]
Lily Dale was founded in 1879 as a camp and meeting place for Spiritualists and Freethinkers.
Residents of this small town in Western New York claim to communicate with the dead.
The ‘Guidelines for Spiritualism’ are posted on the wall of the Assembly Hall in downtown Lily Dale.
Guideline #4 reads: “We Never Die”
“Lily Dale by Flatsitter” is an exhibition that extrapolates an original virtual reality artwork based on the practice of spiritualism into three physical installation works from: Max Collins, David Mitchell, and Carlie Todoro-Rickus.
The virtual reality experience incorporates interviews with Lily Dale resident mediums, motion capture from movement artist Ginger Wagg, and a deck of hand-drawn tarot cards by artist Bobby Griffiths.
Saturday, September 17th: A free preview of the VR work at the Octagon Building in Lily Dale. [press release]
Friday, September 23rd: Opening night for the full exhibition featuring a 5-hour durational music piece from Flatsitter and special guest performers: Jim Abramson, Kevin Cain, Bobby Griffiths, Shawn Lewis, Noah Falck, and many more.
Forest by Max Collins
Tech by Volker Einsfeld
Virtual Reality by Flatsitter
Tarot Cards by Bobby Griffiths
Audio by Benjamin Jura
Fairy Model by Tom Lebke
Sculptures by David Mitchell
Light by Carlie Todoro-Rickus
Rigging by John Rickus
Movement by Ginger Wagg