Ghost and John
Ghost and John are a multidisciplinary art and cultural entrepreneur duo best known for their innovative integration of performance and contemporary technologies, and their collaborative approach to deliver socio-politically pertinent projects. Drawing from their experiences working in biology and computer science, they have developed a dynamic artistic practice that examines the intricacies of the body and nature, technological advances and folklore accompanying history. Their focus is on developing strategies for decolonizing mainstream narratives through delivering cultural programmes telling stories of migrants, refugees, queer people, and other marginalised groups.
Radio Neighbourhood has been awarded the Ideas and Pioneers Grant by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Bitter Moves Sweet Truths has been shortlisted for Untapped Award 2023. Ghost and John were ImPulsTanz danceWEBBER and ATLAS Young Choreographer in 2019. With over five projects supported by Arts Council England, they were researchers at Moving Margins 2021-22 and are currently Civic Futures fellow at Greater London Authority. They are co-founders, lead strategists and creatives of Hidden Keileon CIC, an artist-led social enterprise creating the yet-to-exist and hard-to-imagine.
As queer migrant activist artists, Ghost and John have successfully organised and presented numerous esteemed cultural and charity sector projects, focusing on explorations of social injustice, encompassing political suppression, racism, and homophobia; and fragmented memories of traumatic experiences related to the displacement of home, relationships, social movement, and technological interactions.
Ghost and John’s works have been presented internationally at Bloomsbury Festival and CCA Goldsmiths in London, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong, and more.
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We are open for commissions and bookings. Collaborate with us for:
meaningful and transformative community engagement strategies (ESEA Hub, Hidden Keileon, Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlet...)
research, workshops and panels on: collaborative practices, decolonial art making, multidisciplinary thinking
(Wellcome Collection, Internationales Theaterinstitut Berlin, Pushkin House, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Chisenhale Dance Space...)
movement, dance performance and acting
(ImPulsTanz Vienna, Hellerau Dresden, TD Berlin, Omnibus Theatre …)
commercial TV, film and photo (Maison Margiela, McDonalds)
choreography, directing and writing for radio, stage and film
(NTS Radio, Streatham Space Project, Bloomsbury Festival, Goethe-Institut, Migration Matters Festival, Tai Kwun Hong Kong...)
installation exhibition and durational work
(CCA Goldsmiths, Deptford X, Making Space Gallery, Artsdepot, Derby Theatre...)
film production and screening
(performingborders, Queer Art Projects, Moongate Production...)
Cover film credits:
Cinematography: Ivan Wong and his film crew
Body paint: Hiu Tung Lau
Performance and editing: Ghost and John