Warming seasonal drinks will be served
NOTE: The exhibition can be viewed throughout the night 6pm - 10pm and the film screenings in the nave start at 8.30 pm.
Nichola Bruce, Gail Burton & Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly with The East London Secular Choir, Antonia Carrara, Jo David & Alex Baker & Kit Poulson, Rebecca Feiner, Romeo Grünfelder, Michelle Hannah, Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou, Theo Kaccoufa, Miyuki Kasahara, Output Arts, Matt Rowe, Manuel Saiz, Sabine Schöbel, David Secombe & Andrew Martin, Sarah Sparkes, Kate Squires, Ricarda Vidal, The Reverend Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly, The Phantom Organist, The Daughters of Gef, Neil Wissink
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Installations and performances around the church
Output Arts, ‘Static’, 2010, Audio installation
With an old transistor radio, the audience is invited to tune through the static and capture the voices being transmitted throughout the space. In the context of the church, personal memories take on a haunting, ethereal quality.
Output Arts create multi-sensory artwork for non-gallery venues. We design installations combining images, text, video and audio gathered primarily from and within the venues that are used to show the work.
We would like to thank all those who have participated in the project and particularly our readers.
Simon Hollington & Kypros Kyprianou, ‘Evidence and values for a new age’
By deliberately recording the evidence in a manner that hints at old ruses, the short recording might be an attempt at evidence being faked through stop-motion, strings, panning or digital manipulation, hidden by the quality of the image. In actual fact, it is a wineglass moving across a table. Or as Lou Reed put it ‘Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see’.
On entering the Belfry space the viewer is confronted with the challenge 'NEVER AFRAID’ in flashing lights, faintly illuminating the shape of a shed on which the sign is hanging. Pass through the darkness and look for a peephole in the shed door through which a portal opens out into a limitless dimension. For some years, Sarah Sparkes has been exploring the potential of these boxes, previously installing them into coffins, built to fit the artist and in this instance a garden shed. A structure which is both domestic and everyday serves as a gateway to explore our fascination for ‘other worlds’.
Sarah Sparkes is currently undertaking an IGRS research fellowship at the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, University of London. Recent exhibitions include, ‘The Infinity Box’ a solo show at The Belfry of St Johns- London, 'Fate and Free Will' at Riverside Contemporary Art Space - California, USA and 'Sold Out' at Elastic Residence- London.
A video installation based on a scene of Ingmar Bergman's "The Magician" (Ansiktet, 1958) in which art and society, magic and art are confronted. The work uses a clever application of mechanical sorcery that creates a magic phenomenon that echoes the fakery and trickery of the film.
Manuel Saiz is an international artist and curator. Selected solo shows include Specialized Technicians Required, Galeria Moriarty, Madrid (2005), Private Party. Keep Out Castlefield Gallery Manchester, Nominal_Politics, T1+2 Artspace, London (2003) and selected group shows include Talk Show ICA London, 'Monitoring', Kassel Germany (2005), UK, East End Academy, Whitechapel gallery, LondonThe screaming skull pays homage to historical accounts of displaced skulls that posses supernatural powers. A screaming skull is alleged to relentlessly harass the culprit who is responsible for removing it from a designated resting place.
The projection of an animated veil onto the surface of a blank porcelain skull activates the screaming skull’s wail in infinity. For Ghost III Matt Rowe begins to investigate the morbid curiosity present in the human condition that compels us to seek talismans, relics, and spaces that offer contact to other worlds.
Rowe is an artist based in Kent and the London area. His work investigates regional myth, traditions and identity in a quest to distill an essence of folk culture.
Selected shows include: Fan Fair at Transition Gallery in London 2008, Vernacular Spectacular in the Folkestone Funicular Lift (Folkestone Triennial Fringe Events 2008) and Extra at Espace Le Carré, Lille 2010.
I search, hunt through my archive of the past and there are always slices of film that I replay, because of a lost time, because the ghosts are so strong, and in those pieces of film, there is always an object, a place, that the memory hangs on and it is often something I still live with, only they are gone and I project their presence back onto, those places where for me they once were.
I am slowly filling my secret places of the dead and gone.
Nichola Bruce continues to film the Randometer Archive, extracts from her life.
She has been working with perception and memory through moving image exploring different forms, from experimental to feature drama to interactive mobile. She has screened her work worldwide, via broadcast, exhibition, festivals and cinema.
She also enjoys making musical noise.
Relevant biographical info:
Jo David made the Anomolous (Fox) video piece for Ghost in 2008 which was shown in the stairwell at St John and also designed the programme that year with a drawing of St John on Bethnal Green by Rachael House. For Ghost II, in 2009, he made From Beyond, a video and sound installation, with sound by Kit Poulson.  The piece for Ghost III will attempt a live rendering of similar processes. Kit Poulson and Alex Baker also took part in Jo David’s curation for Supernormal at Braziers Park 2010 for Space Station Sixty-Five.
Ricarda Vidal, "Temporis manus edax scalae", 2010,6 min. loop,
Ricarda Vidal is Lecturer in Visual Culture at the IGRS, School of Advanced Study (University of London). Most of the time she researches, writes or talks about culture since 1900 - above all about cars, death, urban culture, Modernism and Romanticism - but every now and then she sits down and makes things.
Gail Burton and Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly AISLE - A ten-minute performance
Films on the big screen
Michelle Hannah, "I AM THE SUN AT NIGHT" UK, 2010, 4.23min
The video harnesses the precarious and fleeting aspects of our world, evoking the spiritual and visceral attachment to nature, faith and the existence of life after death, ideas very much founded in the Romantic traditions. Yet the transcendental and meditative experience at the core of this tradition is disrupted here by the disturbing presence of a singular unsexed voice.
A subconscious entity? The Future? Post Utopia? It toys with the viewer to come into its Sublime. Against the terrifying beauty, we sense our insignificant place within its infinity, a deep primal instinct to go ‘towards the light.’
It is the still point. Where no meaning exists.
Michelle Hannah is a Glasgow based artist , a recent graduate from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art. She currently revolves around the darker recesses of the human psyche and is at the fledgling beginnings of an esoteric cult: The Kingdom of Muin. She has recently shown at Embassy Gallery Edinburgh, The Elevator Gallery London, The Creative Labs CCA and Tramway Glasgow.
Romeo Gruenfelder 'Naissance d'un objet' Germany 5.10 min
A.C. is an artist, living and working in Paris.
Kate Squires, "Unheimlich Gäst”Berlin, Germany 2009, Lumix stills camera. 4.29 minRare footage of ghosts sitting down to enjoy a normal spaghetti dinner. This film uses the common ‘ghost white sheet’ with eye holes and shows it’s unsuitability beyond the spirit world. With haunting music by Tomita.
I primarily make sculpture and collage/drawings as well as short films. My work often calls on the viewer to suspend their imagination somewhere between reality and non-reality.
Kate Squires is currently based in Berlin where she runs an art space www.centrumberlin.com with David Moynihan.
Neil Wissink, "Pugwash" Canada/UK, 2007, 16mm Film, 5:44 min
Neil Wissink is a Canadian-born artist currently based in London. Since completing his studies at the Royal College of Art (2007) and Central St Martins (2003) he has exhibited his work in galleries and festivals internationally. Neil recently won the inaugural AMIP award for artist’s moving image, a co-commissioning scheme from the National Film and Television School and The Royal College of Art.
David Secombe & Andrew Martin, ‘Ghost Club’, Scout Hut Films 2007, UK, HDV, 10.53
David Secombe: “Ghost Club was an attempt to have some fun with the English ghost story tradition. We wanted to send up the genre whilst creating something that might be scary on its own terms.”
Andrew Martin is a journalist, novelist and broadcaster. His ninth novel, The Somme Stations, will be published by Faber and Faber in March 2011.
David Secombe is a writer, photographer and occasional film-maker. He runs the website esotericlondon.com, a literary and visual examination of the capital’s past and present.
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