Ghostbusting and gentrification in New York, Flux Factory Screening Thursday 2nd July
29 June 2015
Thursday July 2nd, 7pm
If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…
film screening at Flux Factory
32 minutes with a brief Q&A after the film with artist Keg de Souza
New York City is no stranger to ghostbusting or gentrification and If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… features both of these on the other side of the globe – a real life Ghostbuster from Yogyakarta, Indonesia who resides in a squatter settlement that is currently being developed. If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… explores the gentrification of this settlement, built on top of a graveyard alongside Yogyakarta’s main river, Kali Code. In 2013 the local mayor announced he wanted to develop this area and local residents who have been squatting there since the 70s, have already started being pushed out. Due to the history of this place, tombstones are still visible in the walls of the kampung (neighbourhood) and ghost activity is abundant. Throughout Java ghost-moving (or busting) is an ancient and an important role in a community and for years people in the area have relied heavily on the local ghost mover to move the ghosts out of their houses, but these paranormal evictions are now becoming an uncanny parallel for their own evictions in the living world.