CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #22: Gabrielle Hoad

Gabrielle Hoad makes work that includes live, ephemeral elements as well as more lasting documentary traces such as photographs, films, publications and objects. She has a long-standing interest in the crossover of art and science.

"I am in the process of developing a moving image work inspired by the psychical experiments of Alec Harley Reeves (1902-1971), the inventor of the World War II radio navigation system, Oboe. This film will delve into Reeves' lesser-known experiments focused on the paranormal, and builds on my previous projects with artist Megan Calver related to his work. These include  Clouded Border (2021-2022) at Durlston Country Park in Dorset, and a joint CAMP Membership Research Residency (January-March 2023), which enabled us to search a number of public and private archives.

My aim is to expand on my existing filmmaking skills, while incorporating recording technology to generate 'supernatural' phenomena, such as interference, ghosting and time distortion. The resulting video will be  shared with galleries and commissioners, with a view to showing the finished work at locations associated with Reeves' work. These include UK coastal radar stations, as well as Malvern in Worcestershire (home of the wartime Telecommunications Research Establishment) and Harlow in Essex (home of post-war Standard Telecommunication Laboratories), where Reeves worked as an engineer while pursuing his paranormal interests with colleagues."

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