Absent but not Forgotten – Tales from Aberystwyth
Absent but not Forgotten presents Tales from Aberystwyth.
A documentary film about hauntings and spooky goings on in and around Aberystwyth.
The film was made for the Abertoir Horror Festival in Aberystwyth 2011.
Absent But Not Forgotten is an ongoing collaborative art project between west Wales artists, Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Jacob Whittaker.
Belief in the paranormal can be controversial; but there is a strong human desire to find pattern and meaning in the unexplained. Absent But Not Forgotten uses video and sound experiments, textiles, furniture and technical objects to evoke the world of 'ghost hunting' through site-specific installations. The project considers the associations, clichés and influences of TV and films on the phenomenon.
Exploring the aesthetic language of ghost hunting, paranormal documentary and horror film, the work questions the urge towards paranormal interpretations for uncanny or unexplainable phenomena and makes parallels between the obsessive nature of processing the data from paranormal experiments and the artist's creative process.