Haunt is a night exploring immaterial presences with hauntology blogger Mark Fisher (k-punk), artist duo boyleANDshaw, and paranormal investigator Philip Hutchinson.
The night starts with boyleANDshaw's performance of Damascus, which builds on their ongoing interest and fictionalization of the life of Paul Sykes, a one-time boxer who had the potential to be a world championship contender.
This is followed by Spectres of Vinyl, a talk by Mark Fisher, who has been instrumental in developing theories around sonic hauntology. These theories explore the ability of certain types of music to trigger half-remembered, half-imagined memories of other music, creating a presence through a sense of absence. Mark discusses the specific role of the vinyl record to evoke this quality of a spectral past, especially in relation to the work of Graham Hudson.
To round up the night, Philip Hutchinson discusses the types of occurrences that constitute paranormal and ghostly phenomena and the types of spaces in which these occur, using the former Methodist chapel of 176 to exemplify these.