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Ghosts & Apparitions is a free online series of audio, video and XR performative artworks by UK and International artists and collectives which explore current realities, a dramatised reality and an alternate reality. The programme runs parallel to and in dialogue with Sheffield Doc/Fest’s film programme strand of the same title.

The programme reflects on societal movements, sonic warfare and planetary health, through alternate and ghostly channels of communication and interaction. 

The online portal (below) is a gateway to a series of works conducted by audio, video and CGI, with elements of participation that are suggested through various levels of metaphorical and physical prompts, as well as narrative driven provocations. 

Since the first glimpses of the moving image, ghosts were haunting our imaginations, including those yet to be. A ghost from then meets a ghost from now – histories and collective memory are born.

The perception of a ghostly identity or object might be apparent but not in a physical sense. Without material stimulus, we’re invited to question what is real vs what is preconceived, generated from fear, desire or otherwise. 

As we investigate further into the roles of both the antagonist and protagonist, Ghosts & Apparitions welcomes the audio and visual works of Maria Court and Trinidad Piriz in The Burst of Things, a recount of stories based on two of the main objects that were integral to Chile’s most recent social outbreak; Kitty Clark in The Experiment, inspired by research into the Philadelphia Experiment, a short audio drama in which contact with an unknown force is attempted through esoteric means; and Paula Albuquerque in Overhead 21, through the immersive sounds of surveillance and weaponized drones, commonly used by Western States as a form of strategic stress-inducing intimidation.

This experience is optimised for desktop and laptop viewing with a web browser that supports WebGL.

Complimenting this setup, we welcome the work of Keiken in Metaverse Messenger, a one off XR performance that explores how our communication is adapting due to COVID-19 and how it will change in the future, as you are invited to interact in real-time with an avatar from the future in a virtual world. Metaverse Messenger will be streamed live via Sheffield Doc/Fest’s YouTube channel on Saturday 14th Nov at 5pm GMT

Parallel to this programme, each artist and collective has been invited to share insights into the research material, processes and theories that inform their practice, in Sheffield Doc/Fest’s continuing Artist Spotlight series.

For more information on this programme, please click here

Image Credit: Keiken + George Jasper Stone, Feel My Metaverse, 2019 – Created for Jerwood Collaborate!, supported by Jerwood Arts and Arts Council England.


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