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Tuesday 07 February 2006

Night Haunts

I've just discovered Night Haunts, an ongoing, online, nocturnal journal, by Sukhdev Sandhu (who I'll be interviewing here on RSB very soon) and Artangel. In Whatever happened to the London night, Sukhdev ponders:


There was a time, well over a century ago now, when it was considered one of the finest Victorian inventions. Before then, the onset of darkness had spelled an end to the day. It represented its outer limits, its polar extremes. The night was seen as lawless, foreign territory teeming with rogues and banditos who took advantage of what Shakespeare called its 'vast, sin-concealing chaos' to revel in an orgy of depravity and pestilence. It snuffed out the civility and social etiquettes of daytime and brought back trace memories of an older London dense with eldritch forestry.

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Tuesday 01 August 2006

Sarah Davies says...

I'd just like to add to this, and mention that as the latest instalment of Artangel's Nights of London series, a new project, NightJam, has just been launched. It's a music and photography project that focusses on the nocturnal experiences of a group of young homeless people - who collaborated in a series of workshops with musician Scanner to create two breakbeat music tracks. The young people, from the New Horizon Youth Centre in Kings Cross, London, also contributed photographic records of their night-time activities which form the basis of a movie slideshow. Both the music and visuals can be seen and heard on the special website www.nightjam.org.uk and a free CD is being distributed via the site also. I highly recommend the work, with its powerful lyrics and evocative imagery, to anybody who is enjoying the ongoing Night Haunts.

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