GHost was initiated in 2008. To date the project has had two central strands: a series of exhibitions, screenings and performances designed to make manifest and, by extension, examine the aesthetics of ghosts and haunted spaces; and a consideration of the relevance of ghosts in contemporary culture, centred around a programme of interdisciplinary seminars.
The project takes its title from a work by Marcel Duchamp, “A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST” (1953). The capitalising of the H in GHost is made in direct reference to Duchamp’s artwork and its linguistic allusions. GHost encapsulates multiple meanings in a single word by visually rendering the host a guest inside the ghost. As a visual arts and creative research project GHost takes on and explores the conceit of guests, hosts and ghosts, both metaphorically and practically, in its activities. Functioning as a supporting platform (or host) GHost aims to enable invited guests to visually and conceptually manifest and interrogate the idea of the ghost.
Since its inception in 2008, GHost has held three exhibitions and screenings of moving image art and performance at St John on Bethnal Green, a film screening at the London Art Fair 2010, nine workshops and one performance event, so-called ‘Hostings’ at Senate House, University of London. GHost was recently in residence in Folkestone as part of the 2011 Triennial Fringe ‘Vernacular Folk’ project.
GHost is led by Sarah Sparkes.
The project was initiated by Sarah Sparkes and Ricarda Vidal
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