Alberto Duman’s work is located at the intersection between art practice, regeneration and urban studies and always concerned with social contexts and the role of art in the cultural production of urban space. In 2016 he was Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence at University of East London with the project Music for Masterplanning. Currently he is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University teaching with Loraine Leeson on the BA/MA Fine Art Social Practice module. Since 2014 he also works with the group DIG Collective
Who are the ‘talking ghosts’? They are those strange people populating the CGI-created urban spaces of new housing/public space developments advertising their forthcoming arrival.
I call those people ‘ghosts in reverse’, whose function is to colonise the urban future in advance of our presence. In so doing, they enter in some form of messianic dialogue with the present time of those encountering them as the passers-by of today. That’s us.
In this collective intervention we will work together to give the gift of speech to these ghost citizens by writing collectively the script of a ‘hoarding novella’ inserting custom designed, adhesive speech bubbles into an existing hoarding whose characters will become our actors.
These ‘mediums’ will be ventriloquists for our thoughts, materialised as we come together on the day.