School Saloon

Something About Ghosts

The dead are everywhere, they walk among us. The fact they are no longer with us does not mean that we are rid of them. How do we talk about ghosts, the dead and the undead? When do the dead speak to us? Are ghosts simply our thoughts? Do we really believe? ‘I don’t believe in ghosts, but I don’t entirely believe my lack of belief’ (Mannoni). The dead are everywhere and they come with their own rules; desired or dreaded, we hold onto them or we try to get rid. They haunt us in photography, film, music, performance, literature. In a culture where 'ghosting' has become one of the most common ways of ending a relationship, are we all capable of becoming ghosts, of haunting others or being haunted by them? So we ask the question: what or who haunts you?

Gary Peters: ‘Ghost Notes: An Introduction to the School Saloon Series.’

Claire Hind: ‘The owls are not what they seem: Ghosting and ambiguity in performance.’

Robert Wilsmore: ‘This is (teen) Spirit: Rockin'(-itself) all over the world(-geist).’

Rebekka Kill:  ‘This town is coming like a ghost town: palimpsestic playlists and music metaphors as a dialogic tool.’

Kimberly Campanello: ‘Ghosts in the archive: feminist poetic excavations.’

Steve Rawle: ‘“And I would've got away with it if it weren't for you pesky kids”: unmasking ghosts from the past and the stuff that needs making great again.’

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