'Ghost Archive 30th May 2015' [Excerpt] Adam Chodzko
A 10 minute Excerpt from:
(30th May 2015, The Thames. Ferrying Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of Hiscox and Karina Isajeva, caterer at Hiscox)
Single screen video with sound
Commissioned by Sculpture in the City 2015
In 'Ghost Archive' 2015, two journeys were made, both from Bankside to Deadman’s Hole, under Tower Bridge, and back.
The first passenger was Karina Isajeva, a caterer at Hiscox, the second was Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of Hiscox.
Although these two journeys were consecutive and took place over less than two hours, Ghost Archive replays them as fragmented sequences, occurring almost simultaneously, and yet rapid changes in weather, current and tidal level can be witnessed surrounding Ghost, whose position within the frame is the only element that is constant.
Adam Chodzko’s, Ghost, is a kayak, a sculpture as vessel, a coffin, a costume and a camera rig. He designed the kayak, to have a paddler in the back and a passenger – a member of the public - in the front. The guest is reclined, stretched out like a body in a coffin, with their head slightly raised. They occupy the horizontal interface between sky and water in an attempt to experience a state between sleep and wake, living and dying,.
A dome in the deck of the kayak also separates them physically and visually from the paddler at the back. Through each journey for Ghost, the artist and the passenger are on a metaphorical and mythological journey to the Island of the Dead. A camera, mounted on the bows records the journey of each passenger, thus creating an archive of their experience. No two journeys are the same, each experience of the river is inimitable.
Since 2010, Ghost has travelled along the River Medway, Kent, the River Tamar, Devon, through The Olympic Park, London, and along the Tyne, Newcastle. In each location members of the public were ferried along these stretches of water.