A play that you play
Spirit, are you there?
Ghosts are everywhere. Ghosts are nowhere. They reveal our fears and our fantasies. Believing in ghosts is believing in something bigger than us. It is looking for answers to all the strange things that live beyond our understanding.
Magic mirrors, imperceptible surveillance, haunted houses, cyborgs, spectral machines, intangible waves, virtual existences: Extra Fantômes dives into ‘the ghost’ through the prism of digital culture. Daily tous les jours curated and designed the scenography for this exhibition presented at the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris.
Exhibition at the Gaîté Lyrique — 2016
Going beyond the haunted house and horror movies, the exhibition takes us into a phantasmagoric universe made of uncertain visions of the contemporary ghost. By moving through a series of secret passages ―les Ténèbres (The Darkness), la Chambre rouge (The Red Chamber), la Salle de contrôle (The Control Room) et le Bunker (The Bunker)―the visitor might just find it.
In a somber room, a labyrinthian path creates a feeling of confusion. A series of artworks present changing visions of reality. Here, false ghosts and collective imagination are the guests of honor.
Could we open the doors to a parallel universe with a digital key? Between illusions, mystical summoning, beliefs and certainties, what is real? The Red Room is the realm of the occult, the domain of paranormal. By entering, we find ourselves on the other side of the mirror, trying to communicate with ghosts.
Digital machines invade our lives in invisible ways. They use electromagnetic fields, WiFi; they survey our world with their optics and their own sensory systems. In the Control Room, we unveil digital ghosts, robotic surveillance and the hidden dimensions of our cohabitation.
Welcome to the Bunker. Here, we use technology to protect ourselves against invisible fields, escaping from robotic gazes, blurring the lines of reality. In a rave-punk-futuristic universe, an industry more or less imaginary develops tools to help us resist, by disappearing, both physically and virtually. In this last chapter of the exhibition, the power relationship is finally rebalanced. The room reveals how the explorations of the featured artists make us disappear and become ghosts for machines.
A series of essays by artists, journalists and philosophers: Vinciane Despret, Elliot Woods, Nils Völker, Malte Martin, Golan Levin, Chris Sugrue and Kyle Mcdonald, Karolina Sobecka, Marie Lechner, Timo Arnall, Semiconductor, Antoine Schmitt, David Ebner and Tobias Zimmer, James Bridle, Paolo Cirio, Mathias Jud and Christoph Wachter, Finn Brunton, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Adam Harvey and finally, Eva Schindling, Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat fromg Daily.