Wednesday, May 27
— Digital collage film by Eve Stainton

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6.00pm

With [the ghosts]
Featuring costume pieces by Sophie Donaldson and sound by Caterina Barbieri

[the ghosts] as a queer romantic transmitter, as a mode of intimate teleportation and time traversal, a lockdown mediator. As a volume of horror that can be assigned to a lesbian experience, and as an absurd embodiment of this horror.

[the ghosts] as voices continually made invisible in society, as a volume holding the power to haunt, and bend reality.

As grief, heartbreak, darkness, acceptance.

As a force hanging before disappearance. And as a complicated texture that’s with me, moving me.

With [the ghosts] is a series of digital collage sci-fi choreographies made during lockdown, with love.

Eve Stainton is an artist inspired by the complexities of uncodeable, poetic queer encounters. This is expressed through practices of dancing and digital collage. Their movement worlds believe in imagination, texture and conflicting emotional states, undoing essentialist thinking. Along this line, Eve views their digital collage work as science fiction choreographies. Where morphing the self, environment and atmosphere can create grounds for more nuanced understandings of the lesbian identity and perceptions of the ‘real’.
Eve has also been in collaboration with artist Florence Peake since 2017, with their most recent work ‘Apparition Apparition’ being commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2019.  Some other notable presentations include: Nottingham Contemporary (2019), Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre (2019), The Place (2019), Royal Academy of Art, London (2018), Tangente Theatre Montreal, Canada (2017). Eve has also performed for artists: Anthea Hamilton, Jamila Johnson-Small, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Tai Shani, Holly Blakey, Goldfrapp, Vivienne Westwood among others.

Image credits
Stills from ‘With [the ghosts]’.