DEAD GHOSTS ON TV // Haunted beepers sunset teens
A collaboration between Joseph Ball and George Kitchen.
'Dead Ghosts on TV // Haunted Beepers Sunset Teens' is a collaborative piece, consisting of two distinct, yet intrinsically related, bodies of work. Each artist sought to exemplify and exaggerate their favoured ways of working in order to reveal the artefacts that hint toward the nature of that process. Many of the images were created in the same location, even at the same time, yet demonstrate just how sporadic, deceptive and contrary the medium can be.
Both Ball and Kitchen’s work concerns itself with the ways photographs operate and are assimilated, especially in a digitally-driven society, where brief, flickering images have become the standard in our everyday experience of the world. It is becoming more prevalent that younger generations learn about the world through screens; forsaking first hand, full-sensory experience. This observation influenced the decision to shoot at night, with the cameras flash, and digital displays, dictating what the artists can see – the ritualistic process acting as a metaphor for the overwhelming effect of image saturation, as well as a symbol of only seeing the environment by means of the camera. The result is a bleached-out, spectral vision that exists only through photographys eyes.
This series was realised as a two-part publication, ‘Dead Ghosts On TV // Haunted Beepers Sunset Teens’. Ball’s black and white work was contrasted by Kitchen’s colour, created in the same environment, at the same time. The two 16-page zines were printed in an edition of 30, bound together within a handmade sleeve and sold at Falmouth’s graduate show.