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Quote of the Week: Ghost Stories

From the exhibit description of “Awake Are Only The Spirits,” at the Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund, Germany:

    Taking as starting point the lively interest shown in the subject by contemporary artists, the show aims to tell a ‘ghost story’ that explores the question of why, for all our enlightenment, irrational capabilities are regularly ascribed to the new media and technologies of a given time – for instance, the ability to act as a channel for messages from the beyond.

The group show is founded on the work of Friedrich Jürgenson, who discovered the so-called Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Participants include Lucas and Jason Ajemian, whose “From Beyond” is a backwards performance by a chamber ensemble of Black Sabbath‘s “Into the Void”; Sam Ashley‘s “Ghost Detector” instrument; Erik Bünger‘s exploration of R. Murray Schaefer‘s idea of “schizophonia”; as well as work by Tim Hecker (working with Stan Douglas) and Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud).

More on the exhibit at hmkv.de.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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