We live in a haunted world. Our present is imbued with ghosts speaking from both past and future. They are a paradox, an absence, human and other-than-human, that is nevertheless eerily present and influential. They might point out that something is missing, something is wrong. Ghosts show us that time is not linear, but entangled, thick and layered.
Ghosts open up a potential for other stories of the now, the past and the future. They might provoke in us the desire and tools for living otherwise. Recognizing ourselves as haunted and haunting, makes our understanding of the present, and ourselves in it, permeable. By inhabiting this ghostliness we may recognize a different proximity to each other and what surrounds us.
In the past two weeks eight artists have gathered spectrally, together with a ghostly partner, on invitation of WP Zimmer, a workspace for artistic development in Antwerp. Ingrid Vranken (FoAM Zenne) will invite us into a spectral ‘studio visit’, opening up the investigation into ghosts and the haunted corners of our worlds.