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Awake are only the spirits

On ghosts and their media

16 May - 18 Oct 2009

Agnès Geoffray, Night #3, 20 x 30 cm, 2005

At first glance, the subject of the exhibition ‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ – On Ghosts and Their Media seems somewhat outmoded: the presence of the supernatural, the manifestations of spirits, and (trans)communication with the beyond facilitated by technical media.

The exhibition is based on the audiotape archive of Friedrich Jürgenson who discovered the so-called Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) in 1959. 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.

All of the projects by the twenty-two international artists participating in the exhibition question in some way or another the existence of ghosts, they explore the integration of new media and technologies in spiritualist contexts, make visible or perceptible the invisible and trace the political implications as well as the aesthetics of such contemporary trans-communication phenomena.

Curators: Inke Arns, Thibaut de Ruyter

Lucas & Jason Ajemian (US)
Archiv eines anonymen Geistersehers (DE), kuratiert von hans w. koch
Sam Ashley (US)
Corinne May Botz (US)
Erik Bünger (SE)
Damien Cadio (FR)
Michael Esposito (US)
Nina Fischer/Maroan el Sani (DE)
Agnès Geoffray (FR)
Kathrin Günter (DE)
Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SE)
Tim Hecker (CA)
Susan Hiller (GB)
Martin Howse (GB)
International Necronautical
Society (GB)
Friedrich Jürgenson (SE)
Joep van Liefland (NL)
Chris Marker (FR)
Jorge Queiroz (PT)
Scanner (GB)
Jan-Peter E. R. Sonntag (DE)
Suzanne Treister (GB)

Tags: Inke Arns, Erik Bünger, Damien Cadio, Agnès Geoffray, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Susan Hiller, Joep van Liefland, Chris Marker, Jorge Queiroz, Thibaut de Ruyter, Suzanne Treister