Mike Heynes

ghost town (2011)

7 min 33 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

A dystopian travel diary. A point of view tour through a recently deserted city.

The ghost town is an artificial ruin, an anti place constructed using other modeler’s rejects. Titled in lower case, it is not a specific town. This work represents a new direction, a move away from the grotesque, towards the uncanny, a conscious shift from an interest in character, to an exploration of place. These mass produced model buildings are empty, suggesting that this is a post consumer world and that capitalism has failed.

In 1906 German psychiatrist Ernst Jentsch first described the uncanny “as something one does not know one’s way about in”. Installed as a single channel video projection, the intended effect is disorienting, an endless looping journey where all the streets start to look the same.

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