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Illumini Event 2012 Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city





Represented artist for Illumini Event 2012 . . . . .. .. /////////////////////////////////////////////////.

Category: Visual Artists/ Performer
Location: London
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Birgitta Hosea is a London-based media artist. Born in Edinburgh, Birgitta studied at Glasgow School of Art and Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University. She recently completed a practice-based PhD at Central Saint Martins, where she is employed part-time as both Research Leader of the Centre for Performance and Course Director of MA Character Animation. Recent works include ʻSKYPE vs Night Skyʼ for the Papay Nights festival, Orkney (2011), ʻChatterʼ at the Cinematic Arts Gallery, Los Angeles (2010), ʻWhite Linesʼ at Kinetica Art Fair and Shunt, London (2010) and ʻOut There in the Darkʼ at the British Film Institute, London and Mix 23 Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York (2010). In 2010, she was awarded an Adobe Impact Award, in 2009 a MAMA Award for Holographic Arts and in 2004 an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (fRSA).


The cinema is the art of ghosts, a battle of phantoms... It's the art of allowing ghosts to come back. Jacques Derrida

Inspired by Victorian spirit photographs, this tableau vivant will explore the act of mediation that is involved in the digital image making process. Taking the role of a techno-medium, Birgitta Hosea will channel messages from dead actresses captured on film and from disembodied radio signals. These messages will be manifested through her multiple video doubles and live projections of automatic writing, ectoplasmic drawing and animation.

This live, intermedial performance is intended to draw parallels between a medium, such as film or digital code, through which a message is encoded, stored and transmitted and the psychic medium, a person who transmits messages from the spirit world. It continues Birgitta's interest in process based art works, which explore animation as a performative act rather than as an end product. Merging her own physical presence with that of the avatars she creates, her live, post-animation practice investigates the performance of animation and the performativity of identity. In her work, she combines a range of media drawing, manipulated video, paper sculpture, animation, holographic projection, live video feeds and interactive technology with the corporeal body. Haunted by her creations, her presence is animated into existence and obliterated. She is both animator and animated, creator and projection screen, self and other.

Interviewed in Ghost Dance (dir. Ken McMullen, 1983, UK / West Germany, Channel 4 Films)



Above images copyright of Birgitta Hosea 2012