Grants for the Arts has enabled RAMM to commission a novel and innovative experience for its December opening.
Ghostwriter by Blast Theory is an interactive phone call that hovers between the present and the past, between the here and the elsewhere. Visitors call a number and a woman’s voice gently guides you. She opens up to you as she invites you to walk with her. She describes her surroundings and they seem to match yours. She describes an object in front of her and talks about its role in her life. But this line between her surroundings and yours is unstable. At times she says things that suggest she is somewhere else looking at a different object.
You are drawn into the museum as you listen; paying close attention to your surroundings, seeing the world afresh, your senses heightened.
This work has echoes of the museum audio guide and of the radio heard late at night. The work plays with your presence in the museum but does not require it. You can call from anywhere and listen at any time.
About the artists
Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists' groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology. Winners of the Prix Ars Electronica among many awards, the Blast Theory's work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, the Sundance Film Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Blast Theory is based in Brighton, UK.
About the image
It was made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England and Turning Point South East and with the cooperation of Nuova Icona and Oratorio di San Ludovico.
Photographer: Anne Brassier / Copyright Blast Theory