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Twenty-first Century Ghosts

30th October 2018 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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 Twenty-first Century Ghosts

Halloween 2018 and the world is still haunted. Join the London Fortean Society for two talks on contemporary ghost story collecting from haunted homes to Senate House and beyond.

Caron Lipman – Living with Ghosts

How does it feel to live in a ‘haunted home’? How do you negotiate living in a home which might be ‘co-habited’ by the strangest form of stranger?

Geographer Dr Caron Lipman decided to find out through a series of interviews with inhabitants of ‘haunted homes’ in England and Wales – all of whom had experienced some form of ‘uncanny’ event

Caron will offer some examples and insights from her case studies, describing how such experiences are interpreted, how far the experience of uncanny events challenges existing beliefs (or non-beliefs) in ghosts, and what these events reveal about the domestic interior.

Sarah Sparkes – The GHost in the story

“I immediately knew it was someone in spirit form, because I could see my favourite poster of Michael Jackson right through her body.”

Artist, curator and ghost enthusiast Sarah Sparkes talks about some of the fascinating, contemporary ghost stories she has collected and archived at London’s Senate House, Liverpool and Taiwan.

Sarah Sparkes leads the visual arts and creative research project GHost. She was recently awarded Arts Council funding for her project to archive Liverpool ghost stories. Her artwork The GHost Formula, 2016, commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) recently toured to NTMoFA (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts) as part of the exhibition No Such Thing As Gravity curated by Rob la Frenais. Sparkes has lectured widely on ghosts, GHost and the ghost hunter Harry Price.

The Ghost Tide exhibition, which she co-curated with Monika Bobinska is at Thames-side Studios Gallery in Woolwich from October 20 – November 3.

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