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Hosted by the Belfry project
Guest curated by Sarah Sparkes and Ricarda Vidal

St John’s Church
On Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Road,
E2 9PA
(next to Bethnal Green tube)

19th December 6.00 - 9.30


Federico Campanale, Ami Clarke, Andrew Cooper, Jo David, Lisa Fielding-Smith, Tessa Garland, Magnus Irvin, Richard Mansfield, Albert Price, Sabine Schoebel, Niki Sehmi, Rosco S. Treadaway, The Rector: (Rev. Marc Vaulbert de Chantilly), Darshana Vora, Phill Wilson Perkins, And others…


In 1953 Marcel Duchamp made an artwork titled “A Guest + A Host = A Ghost”.

Etymologically “guest” and “host” go back to the same roots. The Middle English (h)oste meant both “guest” and “host”. It also meant “stranger, alien” and it is only a small step from there to “ghost”, to the disembodied spirit, the shadowy or evanescent form wandering among the living like an uninvited guest.

For this show we take Duchamp’s calculation literally and play with the relations between hosts, ghosts and guests. With the Belfry project in the role of the Host and artist/curator Sarah Sparkes and curator Ricarda Vidal in the role of the Guests we will produce a night of Ghosts. In the spirit of the Christmas tradition of telling ghost stories on the long dark winter nights and following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, Ghost story writer M.R. James and the BBC, this will be a night of spooky yarns to warm you up on a chilly winter evening.

The project will take the form of a one-night event where the film “Whistle and I’ll come to you” (1968, Omnibus) an M.R. James story, adapted by Jonathan Miller for the Omnibus series, will be shown alongside artist films and a series of performances and interventions.

Installations around the church from 6.00pm , with film screenings in the church from 7.30pm

Mince pies and mulled wine. Bring a blanket!

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GHost has been supported by:
St John’s Church on Bethnal Green, the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (University of London), Betting on Shorts, Paul Dillon, Jonathon McKay, Cosimo Trisolini and Intellect Books

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