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Ghost and John

are a Hong Kong multidisciplinary art duo who are best known for their innovative integration of performance and contemporary technologies. Drawing from their experiences of working within biology and computer science, they have developed a dynamic artistic practice that examines the intricacies of the body and nature, technological advances and folklore that accompany history. Their embrace of digital technology allows them to create extended choreographic experience beyond theatre and dance, and broadcast their arts to wider audiences. Working across video, installation and performance, they create unique spectator encounters from scientific to spiritual, and from historical to mythical. Through complex investigations of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe, they constantly explore the post-colonial trauma of Hong Kong, the use of technology in democratic society and new forms of art presentation.

(By Sandra Lam)

“Highly engaged, emerging artist, whose creations are formally and content wise, cutting edge, examine amongst others other changing relationship with communication technology and also addressing some of the current political issues.” 

- Dr. Guy Cools, renowned Dance Dramaturg, Associate Professor in Dance Studies, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Netherlands and Guest Professor, Ghent University, Belgium

 

Ghost and John headshot

Ghost and John graduated from M.A. (Distinction) in Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School. They are a danceWEB scholarship recipient and an ATLAS young choreographer at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival 2019 respectively. They are artist members of Chisenhale Dance Space, London, artists-in-residence at Live Art Development Agency, London, and artist fellows at Hong Kong Dance Alliance.

One of Ghost and John’s multimedia performances “I’M NOT SURE”, a space-transforming work, was presented at The Place, London; Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna; Goethe-Institut Hongkong. Their interactive production, “Meniscus”, involves a team of twenty-six cross-disciplinary creatives.

A selection of their recent works: Online interactive work “Meniscus Going Online”; Durational performance/ community installation “Thousand Papers”; Live performance “Skirmishes”; Video collaboration with Moongate Production “No Time For Tears”; Online live work “A Tank-full of Memes". Ghost and John’s works have been supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, Creative Europe, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and many more.

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CV available on request. Please contact us through info@ghostandjohn.art

 

Press

講香港故事本地高手

香港仔 14 Sep 2021

https://dw-media.tkww.hk/epaper/hker/20210914/p22-0914.pdf


大館表演藝術季:SPOTLIGHT 方言、身體、花崗岩 香港故事密密尋
文匯報 08 Sep 2021

https://www.wenweipo.com/a/202109/08/AP6137cd81e4b08d3407d8eea4.html

Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday September 2021 (Mention)

 02 Sep 2021

https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/about/blog/first-thursdays-september-2021/

Review: BUZZCUT Festival (online)

Naomi Obeng, Exuent - 12 June 2021

https://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-buzzcut-festival/

Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday May 2021 (Mention)

6 May 2021

https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/about/blog/first-thursdays-may-2021/

Aberfeldy Street celebrates Poplarism with art installation (Feature)

Ruby Flanagan, Poplar LDN - 2 May 2021

https://poplarlondon.co.uk/art-aberfeldy-street-poplarism-shumghostjohn/

‘I thought about Bruce Lee’: how Hong Kong artists in Britain struggled to feel from afar the pulse of their home city, and to represent it (Feature)

Ethan Paul, South China Morning Post - 27 Mar 2021

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3126895/i-thought-about-bruce-lee-how-hong-kong-artists-britain

 

Fantastic Frustration - Cart Noodle Show (Review)

Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 28 Feb 2021

https://markaspen.com/2021/02/27/cart-noodle/

《I'M NOT SURE ABOUT YOU, BUT I NEED...》浮遊在現實和虛幻之間 (Review)

葉瑪 - dance journal/hk - December 2020

I'M NOT SURE ABOUT YOU, BUT I NEED (Review)

胃眼 - 立場新聞 - November 2020

열 번째 연결과 대화 - 홍콩아트센터(Hong Kong Arts Centre (Mention)

 임현진 Jin Yim - October 2020 

Meme-ify: An Attempt to Dance Through Pain with Humour (Report)
Emily Lee - Framer Framed - September 2020

 

身處荒謬年代,別忘記呼吸 ── 在鏡中照見自身的舞蹈詩 (Review)
聞如 - 立場新聞 - 24 August 2020

Exploring the Hongkonger identity through physical creativity (Feature)

MehPorpor - We Are HKers - 10 July 2020

從倫敦跳到網絡 互動遊戲劇場 點睇由觀眾話事 (專訪)

林喜兒 - 明報 副刊文化 - 26 June 2020

 

《Meniscus Going Online》多國舞者網上同步 舞蹈表演online新體驗 (Feature)

Sandra Lam - The Culturist 文化者 - 17 June 2020

#WeRNotVirus with Moongate Productions (Reviews and Mention)

From Page to Stage - 16 June 2020

ThisWeekLondon - 5 June 2020

Performing ‘Home’ - Hongkongese contemporary art duo Ghost and John (Feature)

Sandra Lam - 15 June 2020

Dancing Towards A Convergent Path (Feature)

HKUST Alumni Kaleidoscope - 19 Mar 2020​

‘Skirmishes’ Ghost and John with Angela Hui at The Place (Review)

Jenny Gilbert and Abbie Jones - The Place Blog (UK) - 9 Jan 2020

Proximity Switches - Meniscus at The Playground

Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 30 Nov 2019 

https://markaspen.com/2019/11/30/meniscus-at-the-playground/

3個眾籌學費追夢的少年:「一早有心理準備去銀行盡借。」(Feature)
The Culturist專訪 - 11 Jul 2018 

 

3青年放下工作 舞出夢想 (港聞)

晴報 (HK) - 13 Aug 2018

Showcase: Dance trio find a way to make dancing their full-time career (Feature)

SCMP Youngpost - 8 Sep 2018

中文版

鬼與約翰是香港當代多媒體創作雙人藝團,擅於結合當代表演藝術與現代科技,帶給觀眾新穎的感官體驗。二人分別來自電腦科學和生物學背景,作品亦圍繞於演算法與生物學中的共生理論,巧妙融合歷史神話和各地民間傳說,在科技發展中找尋創新的表演方式及藝術實踐。

 

通過影像、表演和裝置等藝術作品,鬼與約翰強調不同藝術形式的碰撞交流及觀演經驗。透過不斷的創作和研究,他們挑戰藝術的界限、探索科技在民主社會的角色、以及持績關注香港後殖民時代的創傷。

 

他們曾於世界各地演出,包括倫敦 The Place、維也納 ImPulsTanz、香港歌德學院、阿姆斯特丹 Framer Framed 等。他們於2018年在ImPulsTanz維也納國際舞蹈節擔任ATLAS年輕編舞家,同時獲得 danceWEB獎學金。他們以一級榮譽畢業於倫敦當代舞學院(London Contemporary Dance School),取得當代舞碩士學位。

(林韻兒字)