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Ghost Weight Experience

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article thumb - Video Still, virtual reality experience, Ghost Weight Experience, 2021

Video Still, virtual reality experience, Ghost Weight Experience, 2021

Summary

‘Ghost Weight Experience’, is an immersive gallery installation and interactive virtual-reality (VR) experience devised by Andrea G Artz and supported by an Arts Council England Lottery Grant.

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Event Details

Address:Coleman Project Space
94 Webster Road
Bermondsey
London

Post code:SE16 4DF

Tickets:free event

Open hours:21.05.21-13.06.21
Friday Saturday Sunday 12-6 & by appointment

Description

Exploring ideas around death, memorialization and photography, this solo exhibition has been created in collaboration with composer Isa Suarez, writer Veronica B and digital artist/developer Alejandro Escobar. As the title implies, Artz’ focus is on the poetic aspects of our human rituals for remembering and the old- and new-world processes that allow us to retain, or even foster, connections with the departed.

Artz is intrigued by the fact there is still something of the old belief ‘the camera steals your soul’ about portrait practices; the sense of having been ‘captured’. From Victorian memento mori, to the aspirational family studio portrait and the endless proliferation of smart-phone selfies, images of people continue to exist, long after they’re gone. Developed from a previous 2018 installation ‘Ghost Weight’, this ambitious multi-work references a range of photographic settings through history, offering new perspectives on and details of its protagonists – a motley vintage group originally immortalised in found photos.

For ‘Ghost Weight Experience’, CPS becomes a site for investigation into the fictionalised lives of these characters and the power of photography to shape our personal and collective stories. The gallery’s Shed Space serves as the photo-studio home of a narrated, sound-scaped VR experience using Oculus technology. Meanwhile, the main gallery operates as a showroom of imagery and sculptural curios relating to the installation, including a model of the Soulgrapher Animator chair – the main physical component of this fictional ‘travel machine’.

Once through the main gallery and into the Shed Space, the viewer is invited to participate in a playful interactive process, designed as if to enable the possibility of entering a ‘bardo’ or afterlife state as a living person, and thereby achieving what Artz calls ‘ghost weight’. As operator of the Soulgrapher Animator, which also incorporates a Graflex camera and flash, one is able to engage with the artist’s digitally altered portraits in a three-room, contemporary virtual setting, freed from the cold, dead stasis of the still photograph.

Transport

By Bus:381, 78,1

By Tube:Bermondsey Tube Station, Jubilee Line

By Train:London Bridge

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