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Ghost

David Blandy

UK, 2001
6 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

‘ghost’ (2001) is a disquieting examination of fandom, where the resonant sound of Forrest Whittaker reciting the Hakagure in Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog” becomes a meditation on death, and a life defined by the screen, as the only light is cast by the movie itself: As the movie fades to black, Blandy’s face fades out too. ‘ghost’ deals with Blandy’s problematic relationship with popular culture, highlighting the slippage and tension between fantasy and reality in his everyday life. Through this work, Blandy examines his cultural position in the world- What are the implications of being a English white man speaking with a black American voice, reading a translated Japanese text?