Co-curated by Peter Richards and Ben Crothers; featuring artists: Maurice Doherty; Ciara Finnegan; Kandy Fong; James Franco; Kristin Lucas; Nicolas Provost; Nancy Jo Sales; Peter Spiers; Jeanne Susplugas.


Rooting itself in film, video and the language of cinema, Psychic Driving explores the consequences of fascination and obsession. Through the intense study of a specific subject, the potential exists to become consumed by it, losing sight of what we were initially drawn to or captivated by.

Something instinctual now drives these obsessions over which we no longer have control, and both the subject and ourselves risk being forever altered, for better or worse. Propelled by fascination, we love, interrogate and probe, but these acts can ultimately become harmful and obsessive, with the power to transform, mutate and destroy.

Through video, installation and writing, Psychic Driving pulls viewers into a world where everything has been – or has the potential to be – taken to the extreme, with devastating consequences. Horror, sci-fi, drugs, money, fame, violence, humour and sex collide as morality is pushed aside and the uninhibited inner workings of the mind gain control.

Where does obsession stop before we are wholly consumed by it? We are no longer in the driver’s seat. Something else is in control. This is Psychic Driving.

In collaboration with Golden Thread Gallery, the Queen’s Film Theatre presents an accompanying film programme to Psychic Driving. This selection of films delves deeper into the themes of the exhibition opening up new forms of entry and interpretation: American Psycho; Cruel Intentions; SecretarySpring Breakers; and The Virgin Suicides.

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council

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