With Sukhdev Sandhu
Feb 2006 - Feb 2007
Artangel invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at www.nighthaunts.org.uk, a microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose and sound design the site.
In the course of his Night Haunts adventures Sandhu reflects on the nature of the urban night: does the quality of night change between 1am and 4am, and between the East End and the West? Has 'night life' been gradually corroded and colonised by light and entertainment? What are the invisible economies that pulse through the sleeping city? Does the Thames change its character at dusk? Is authentic darkness impossible? Do we need darkness?
The project is also realised in print, monthly in The Daily Telegraph newspaper.