Photo by Jeffrey Choy
Ghost and John
are a Hong Kong multidisciplinary art duo who are best known for our innovative integration of performance and contemporary technologies; and collaborative approach to making socio-politically pertinent artworks. 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 that accompany history.
Their embrace of digital technology allows them to create extended choreographic experiences beyond theatre and dance, and broadcast our 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 societies and new forms of art presentation.
As migrant and queer artists, recurring themes in their works focus on explorations of social injustice, including political suppression, racism and homophobia; and fragmented memories of traumatic experiences related to the displacement of home, relationships, activism and technological interactions.
As cultural entrepreneurs, Ghost and John are co-founders of Hidden Keileon CIC - A multidisciplinary artist-led non-profit enterprise aiming at building inter-racial solidarity, creating the yet-to-exist and hard-to-imagine.
“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
“(They) are among a number of Hong Kong-born artists who have found success in the British arts scene in recent years... As a group that emphasises the physical and tangible in their work, and frequently invokes Hong Kong’s identity as a central theme, gaining their own sense of this new ‘texture’ was critical.”
- Ethan Paul, South China Morning Post
Ghost and John graduated from M.A. (Distinction) in Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School in 2019. They are an MGC Futures Bursary awardee in 2021, a danceWEB scholarship recipient and an ATLAS young choreographer at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival 2019. They are artist members of Chisenhale Dance Space, London, and have been artists-in-residence at Live Art Development Agency, London, and artist fellows at Hong Kong Dance Alliance.
Our social innovation project, ‘Radio Neighbourhood’, was awarded Ideas and Pioneers Fund by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. We explore the politics of telling ESEA stories in British public spaces, meanwhile creating work for fellow ESEA freelancers in the post-pandemic art world. It was presented at Migration Museum, British Library, Bloomsbury Festival, Deptford X, Omnibus Theatre, Bow Arts and Shape Lewisham.
‘Thousand Papers’ was our solo exhibition in May 2021 with Fitzrovia Noir, supported by Poplar Union and Finborough Theatre. It is an installation performance working with paper and text as the materials, looking at words from jailed activists. It has also been presented at events with Goldsmiths CCA, Whitechapel Gallery and more.
Our multimedia duet performance, ‘I’M NOT SURE’, a work interrogating the nature of our digital society, was presented at The Place, London; Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna; Goethe-Institut Hongkong. Our interactive immersive production, ‘Meniscus’, explores screen traumas as one witnesses violent images at social movements.
A selection of our recent works: Anarchist artist collaborative project ‘#12Artworks’ at London Performance Studio; Experimental theatre ‘Minute Moonshine’ at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong; Stage performance ‘Skirmishes’ at The Place, London; Video collaboration with Moongate Production ‘No Time For Tears’; Livestreaming work ‘Meme-ify’ with Framer Framed, Amsterdam; Online interactive work ‘Meniscus Going Online’ with BUZZCUT Glasgow. Ghost and John’s works have been supported by Arts Council England, Creative Europe, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and many more.
一分鐘的薛丁格盒子 - Review on Minute Moonshine
misssisyphus at 立場新聞 19 Oct 2021
立場新聞 27 Sep 2021
星島日報 16 Sep 2021
香港仔 14 Sep 2021
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
Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday September 2021 (Mention)
02 Sep 2021
Review: BUZZCUT Festival (online)
Naomi Obeng, Exuent - 12 June 2021
Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday May 2021 (Mention)
6 May 2021
Aberfeldy Street celebrates Poplarism with art installation (Feature)
Ruby Flanagan, Poplar LDN - 2 May 2021
‘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
Fantastic Frustration - Cart Noodle Show (Review)
Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 28 Feb 2021
#WeRNotVirus with Moongate Productions (Reviews and Mention)
‘Skirmishes’ Ghost and John with Angela Hui at The Place (Review)
Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 30 Nov 2019
The Culturist專訪 - 11 Jul 2018
3青年放下工作 舞出夢想 (港聞)
Showcase: Dance trio find a way to make dancing their full-time career (Feature)
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。