By Kira Taylor @kirataylor15
On a grim, rainy day in Exeter City Centre, as the rain tumbled down on a sea of drab black umbrellas, legends were being made. Within the Phoenix, ghosts came to life.
As part of exetreme imagination, Wolf+Water ran a session inviting children to become a future ghost of Exeter. Each made their own video and told of how they had died, where they haunted and offered advice for future generations.
It was based around the idea that, although we die, the internet won’t and whatever mark we leave there will be our legacy to future generations. It was also just a bit of fun.
“It was very much about creative writing, but we didn’t want to just have people write something. We wanted them to do something as well. So, we thought this was the best way of doing something, where it will be around forever and everybody gets to become a legend,” said Philip Robinson of Wolf+Water.
The children started by writing notes for their video. There were lots of questions to think about: How would their ghost haunt? Where would it haunt? What would its name be? What advice would it give?
There were some ingenious ideas from death by bath bomb (cherry, of course) to accidental hanging on a chandelier at the RAMM museum – I’m not actually sure the RAMM has a chandelier, making it all the more impressive …
The children practised their haunting piece in front of a camera and then filmed it in a separate room, complete with spooooky fade out. The videos have been put together to form an interactive map of Exeter complete with sinister videos of scary hauntings: https://exetreme.org/see-the-future-ghosts-of-exeter/
“It’s been a great day,” said Philip. “Really exciting. Can’t wait to look at the films tomorrow.”
It was great to see imaginations run wild. The festival is all about expanding writing and encouraging imaginations and this event did just that.
Wolf+Water works with all ages and with people in prisons, special schools and with asylum seekers amongst many others. “People that are often denied access to having their ideas out there. So, we work with them creatively with art and theatre and music and anything to look at the issues that they raise,” said Philip.