In Spirits in the Material World, artist Heman Chong reflects on spaces that exist in the darkness; the slippages into the netherworld. The installation is on view in Het Nieuwe Instituut from 10 October 2019 to 29 December 2019. On 10 October, Heman Chong and Director of Research Marina Otero Verzier will further elaborate on Spirits in the Material World in an informal opening talk.
The installation and program reflect on a sphere of architecture that is not easily explained or understood - the relationship between the spiritual and material world. Through a fully functioning bookshop, a film series and a video work, Chong reveals how certain events trigger a consensual view on certain spaces as 'haunted,' and how the alleged presence of ghosts becomes an unpredictable disruptor in unaffordable real estate markets such as Hong Kong, New York, or Dubai. Spirits, rumours, financial and real estate logic thus converge to shape the more-than-human imaginaries and markets for the architecture of contemporary housing.
The talk is followed by a screening of Dark Water (2002) by director Hideo Nakata. The film is part of a horror movie programme compiled by Heman Chong. The programme further consists of a screening of The Others (2001) on 31 October and A Ghost Story (2017) on 5 December.
In Dark Water a mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. In the final stages of a messy divorce, Yoshimi struggles to build a new life for herself and her daughter. Unfortunately, the challenges of single parenting and an ongoing custody battle are further complicated when they move into an apartment plagued by mysterious water leaks and haunted by the apparition of a little girl. (Synopsis: IMDB)
Talk 19:30 - 20:30
Film Screening 21:00 - 22:45
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Free, please register via Tickets
Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve a light vegetarian meal. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7.70 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link.
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