Ghosts in the Machine
Cowie, Billy (2009) Ghosts in the Machine Lighthouse, Brighton, UK.
Ghosts in the Machine is a twenty-five minute looped, projected 3D dance installation. The audience - wearing red/blue anaglyph glasses - see what appears to be three solid three-dimensional dancers in the same space as themselves. The three ladies: Jennifer Potter, Rachel Blackman and Victoria Melody dance, sing and joke their way through the twenty-five minutes. The topics of their discussions range from existentialism to ballpark-sex to media studies (though none of them is quite sure which cowboy film Marshall McLuhan was actually in). Hanging over them is the dread knowledge that at the end of the performance they have to do ‘the whole friggin thing all over again’ but somehow it turns out to be more fun than they thought.
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