‘Apparitions’ a new artwork by Luciana Haill
Apparition 1 : Death of a beach hut:
In 1905 there was a huge storm on the south coast which swept all the Bexhill beach huts away, in this Apparition the only survivor is a steel teapot, bobbing about on the shore.
Hear the soundscape of this scene from a voice from the past.
Apparition 2 : St Leonards Pier
In under 3 minutes you will hear a binaural soundscape spanning the lifetime of this site, its music, wooden floor skating, angling, bowling, paddle steamers and a travelling zoo and storm damage. The model of the pier spectrally floats when viewing this postcard from 1909.
Apparition 1 : The Memorial Clocktower, Hastings
A 21 gun salute, a flood so heavy row boats were used to pass by, the first Armistice day, a low flying Messerschmidt plane and exploding clock face, trams, trolley buses, cars and arson, the life of this site is relayed in an immersive binaural 3D soundscape.
‘Apparitions‘ is a new augmented reality art project that reveals the ghosts of historic lost landmarks in Hastings ( The Memorial clocktower), St Leonards (the pier) and Bexhill ( beach huts ) evoking a hauntology that can be described as a “nostalgia for lost futures.”
The artworks each with a time-travelling immersive audio experience, will be launched on 1st September 2018. Each can be triggered on smartphones by viewing the special limited edition postcards within the IOS app, I am happy to send to anyone who would like to try it.
The project received generous support from Arts Council England, HBC Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Judge Sampson Ltd postcards and Coastal Currents , DeuXality Games, Kinicho, Alex May , Junglis Monk, Barry Hale, Giorgia Lacey-Colley and Anna Dumitriu.
I realised these obliterated sites hold a certain power by their unmarked absence, no blue plaques or souvenirs, they are only visible in local museums and old postcards. Mark Fisher popularised the use of Jacques Derrida’s concept of hauntology to describe a pervasive sense in which contemporary culture is haunted by the “lost futures” of modernity, which failed to occur or were cancelled by postmodernity and neoliberalism.
Apparitions will be live from 01.09.18 with a showcase event all day in Hastings Museum on 22.09.18 and an artists talk with interactive demonstrations in Printed Matter Bookshop Hastings on 05.09.18 at 6pm.
Thank you to all who have guided, worked and supported me.