Bjorn Franke

A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups

A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
94 Strange Sensations – A Dictionary of the Unseen
Zurich, VC Editions
2018

It is customary to start working on images by beginning with an image (or several). You look at the image, question it, wrestle with it, surrender to it, get fed up with it and then begin anew, hopefully with a new perspective. Slowly, the image reveals its layers. And you, you hope that all of its layers will be revealed so that you can claim that you have understood the image in all its facets.

But what do you do with the unseen image? This image hides all of its layers. Its purpose is to not reveal itself to you. It appears (maybe in your mind, maybe on a screen, maybe in conversation), but then vanishes immediately, avoiding your desperate grasp. And you, you feel that you have somehow been cheated.

This publication is a result of the seminar “Poetics of the Unseen” led by Sarah Owens and Björn Franke in the MA graduate course in Visual Communication at Zurich University of the Arts, Spring/Summer 2018.

The publication can be ordered here.

A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups
A Ghost Story for Grown-Ups

Credits
Editors: Sarah Owens, Björn Franke
Contributors: Lauren Clark, Patrik Ferrarelli, Björn Franke, Elliot Frydenberg, Laura Gonzalez, Lena Hegger, Miriam Hempel, Ronny Hunger, Joanna Meister, Sarah Owens, Chhandak Pradhan, Stephanie Schoell, Carolin Siebeneich, Aline Spleiss
Design: Ronny Hunger
Photos: NN