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Screening of “A Place Where Ghosts Dwell” by Dr. Patrick Baxter

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The University of Manchester

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This screening is part of the 2018 annual conference organised by the Department of Sociology, the University of Manchester.

‘A Place Where Ghosts Dwell’ (2017) is an essay-film which explores the relationship between a marginalized place and its vacant spaces in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. Following the Global Finance Crisis in 2008 the Republic of Ireland experienced one of the worst property collapses in recorded history. The Midlands town and county Longford was one of the places that suffered disproportionally as a site of what became popularly known as ghost estates – or unfinished housing estates. Filmed principally in 2015 in and around Longford town, the film not only ventures through these strange, eerie and haunted environs of unfinished houses and vacant commercial ghost developments but furthermore questions why Longford has historically, economically and socially become marginalized, using the place a as vehicle for understanding inequality, uneven development, and positive social change in Ireland. ‘A Place Where Ghosts Dwell’ employs an innovative narrative structure that merges essayist approaches with ethnographic film and highly stylized video-reflexive techniques to produce a film that celebrates the creativity of a small, dismissed place and the otherworldliness of its abandoned, ruinous spaces.

patrickPatrick Baxter is an Irish, Manchester based filmmaker, researcher and activist. He has recently completed a film-as-practice-led artistic research PhD at Manchester School of Art. Patrick currently works in Sexual Health for LGBT Foundation and has recently initiated Manchester Penetrated: PsychoSexual Geography and Sex-Mapping in the City, an artistic research project that seeks to map Queer historical sexual experience onto the changing face of the city. He was a founding member of the now-defunct film collective Castles Built in Sand, and co-directed the feature documentary Helpyourself Manchester as part of that collective. Patrick has a background in visual anthropology, video activist documentary, experimental short film, and LGBT/Queer advocacy and art, and has screened his work at a number of independent galleries and social spaces throughout Europe. He interested in urban landscapes, ruins and post-industrial environments, marginal identities and subcultures, and alternative social/political forms of organization. His artistic approach to film is to visually dissect the unsettling aspects of our built environment, use music and sound design to trouble place, and move towards a horror documentary aesthetic.

Find more about the conference at our official website here:https://placemcr2018.wordpress.com/.

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The University of Manchester

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