Social Haunting: the ghost lab
Drawing on recent research (2016) by Dr Geoff Bright at Manchester Met University, this ‘ghostlab’ workshop explored the idea of ‘social haunting’. For those communities that have been crushed by powerful forces, there remains today not only the presence of that past, but also the utopian possibilities that seemed to be lost in the suppression of that communities’ life. This creative session facilitated by Max Munday brought people together to challenge linear and flat narratives of history, using arts practice to explore the potential utopias that the ghosts of our past might reveal.
Hidden Civil War was a month long programme of events and exhibitions across Newcastle upon Tyne that exposed, collated and presented evidence of a Hidden Civil War in Britain today. Hidden Civil War, a collaborative project, commissioned by The NewBridge Project and developed in partnership with East St Arts, Hands on Film Lab, Metal, Paper Rhino, Mark Donne, Taryn Edmonds, Chris Erskine, Julia Heslop, Beth Ramsay, Julie Tomlin, Vicky Ward and Aisha Zia. Hidden Civil War was delivered with the support of partner venues; Cobalt Studios, Tyne Theatre, Summerhill Bowling Club and The Cumberland Arms. Accompanying publication, The Precariat is produced by Paper Rhino.