My City is a Hungry Ghost is a dense collage of language, sound and video, which oscillates between moments of introspection and political articulation. It is designed as a four channel video loop including a Mini FM radio transmitter. Based on found excerpts from a variety of literary sources it revolves around the issue communication at the nexus of media, politics and subjectivity.
Project website: neture.org/city-hungry-ghost
The content of the video is based on a montage of four voices each represented by one actor standing or sitting in an empty room with one chair. Each actor is brought to light when her or his voice is heard or otherwise stays in the dark and is only lit by the light of passing cars falling through venetian blinds. While remaining silent for themselves, they let us tune into their thoughts and inner monologues. And as the four monologues expand, a larger conversation unfolds investigating poetics and politics contemporary urban life.
Italo Calvino’s “The Invisible Cities” served as first inspiration for My City is a Hungry Ghost. Calvino’s description of the City of Melania was of particular fascination. Melania is reported to be the place for an ever continuing dialogue among generations of denizens. Although through its course the participants may die and new participants are born and take their place in one role or another. Re-contextualising Calvino’s Melania, ‘My City is a Hungry Ghost‘ is an re-enactment of found excerpts from a variety of literary sources* revolving around the issue communication in the making at the nexus of media, politics and subjectivity.
*List of literary sources
The Coming Insurrection, by The Invisible Committee, 2007; We, the Web Kids, by Piotr Czerski, 2012; Operators and Things, by Barbara O’Brien, 1958; Interview with Wilfred R. Bion, by Anthony G. Banet, 1976.
My City is a Hungry Ghost is together with planet ocean and Nature in the Dark part of the unrelated relatedness series. Each work brings into play the different elements, tactics or technologies that we employ in our search to unify the inner and outer worlds that we inhabit.
This is a neture.org production 2012/3.
Concept / Direction: Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier
Sound design: Jan Bartholomaeus
Director of Photography: Scott Lewis, Zoopatrol / Melbourne
Multimedia programming: Zsolt Barat, Softmonsters / Berlin
Post-Production / Compositing: Curtis Moyes, Green Brain Media / Melbourne
Installation design: Silvana Iannello, genieflip productions / Melbourne
Female Voice 1: Tracey Callander
Male Voice 1: Garth Ernstzen
Female Voice 2: Marita May Dyson
Male Voice 1: Jez P.A. Speelman
Tetsuo Kogawa and Antonia Goodfellow for their help with the building of the radio transmitter.
Silvana Iannello for her help designing the exhibition.