2008 World Telekinesis Competition

Team Profiles

Center for Paraspeculative Study

The Center for Paraspeculative Study is a Chicago-based organization founded on the principles of inquiry and dedicated to the ongoing analysis of the intersections of varied belief systems. As such, we have been called upon to lecture on and visually present our findings on such topics as Mail-order Miracles, Predictive Dreams, Psychic Photography, Tasseography, EVP, Psychokinesis, Psychic Surgery, the Shadow People, Divination, and Bilocation, among many others. We are currently involved in an extensive experiment in Remote Viewing, linking Chicago, IL and Rochester, NY through the power of the mind. Our participation in the World Telekinesis Competition will be a natural extension of our progress in this arena and we intend to use this competition to further develop our own skills and carefully observe those of others.

Team Website: www.paraspeculative.org

Nate Larson is a Chicago-based artist and photographer. His photographic work has been exhibited extensively across the US and has been featured internationally in exhibitions in Canada, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK. His work has been written about in numerous publications, including most notably The New York Times, and his photoworks and artist books are included in the collections of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Midwest Photographers Project Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and McHenry County College, among others. His artwork has received grant support from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council, the Banff Centre, the Ultimate Eye Foundation and Visual Studies Workshop. Larson earned an MFA from Ohio State University and a BA from Purdue University. He holds a tenured teaching appointment at Elgin Community College in Illinois. More information and images are available at www.natelarson.com.

Marni Shindelman is an Assistant Professor of Art and an Associate of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester. Her recent work SOUVENIRS FROM HUMAN, MY MAMMAL will be shown in its entirety in 2007 at the Buffalo Arts Studio, and portions have been shown at the Barrett Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, and at the Hera Gallery. Her work incorporates hypertext and stories of infamous zoo animals, with images of collectibles located in sculptural scenes. She is also co-curator of ABSENCE/ EXCESS/ LOSS, (Rochester Contemporary 2007), which highlights contemporary installation art dealing with repetition, vernacular objects and mourning. More information and images are available at www.crackersinbed.com.

LaRonika Thomas is a freelance dramaturg and director, who is currently the resident Dramaturg at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago and the regional VP for Metro Chicago for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She has worked on productions and projects at Stage Left Theatre, the Neo-Futurists, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Lifeline Theatre, Stockyards Theatre Project, Chicago Shakespeare, and the Goodman Theatre. She was the recipient of an LMDA residency grant for her work with Stage Left and recently received a fellowship for an artist residency at the Mary Anderson Center in Indiana. She holds an MA in Theatre from Purdue University and a BA in Theatre and Anthropology from Indiana University.