"[..] In 1844, Samuel Morse invented Morse code, enabling people to communicate instantly over long distances [..] A few years later, a teenage girl called Kate Fox in Rochester, New York began communicating with the spirit of a murdered peddlar by rapping on the walls of her house, using her own crude alphanumerical system, a kind of "folk" appropriation of Morse code. [..] Her psychic activities caused a sensation parallel to the telegraph, sparking the New American Spiritualist Movement, which is still in existence today." (Oursler in Neri, 2001)
source: The Presence Project: Tony Oursler, 22/09/2006
Psychic and metaphysic contacts in relation to history of telecommunications inspire Tony Oursler to create Influence Machine (2000). Oursler uses video projections of figures such as the Fox sisters or ghosts, telling stories form another spatiotemporal dimension, onto trees and smoke.
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