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Sue de Beer

  • Raisbeck Performance Hall 2015 Boren Avenue Seattle, WA, 98121 United States (map)


Raisbeck Performance Hall

Looped video screens Thursday - Sunday, noon - 5PM.

Sue de Beer

20 minutes
United States

West Coast Premiere

THE GHOSTS is a two-channel video, which will be exhibited in the Raisbeck Performance Hall, the site of the Roadhouse in David Lynch's pilot episode of 'Twin Peaks'. THE GHOSTS premiered in New York's Park Avenue Armory (as a joint presentation by Art Production Fund, Sotheby's, and the Park Avenue Armory). This will be the film's first west coast presentation. It has been edited like a flicker film, using persistence of vision to create overlays between the images.

THE GHOSTS takes the form of a giallo, telling the story of an occult hypnotist, who can retrieve lost lengths of time from peoples memories, and return them to the patient as if they are experiencing those moments anew. The story opens in a hypnotist’s office. The Hypnotist, played by noise artist and painter, Jutta Koether, has developed a kind of hypnotism that allows her to dive into the deepest parts of the human mind and find the ghosts hidden there, and has become completely irresponsible, bringing back unstable ghosts, from the minds of unstable people.

The film's main male character is a money manager on Wall Street, played by Jon Spencer of the bands the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Boss Hog (and previously of the band Pussy Galore).  He has become addicted to this hypno-therapy and dreams of an elusive woman - she is so beautiful, but somehow this fantasy is uncontrollable. He keeps going back to the hypnotist, trying to have this vision stay, but often it goes wrong. Other characters in the film include a teenage girl and her sister, and a record store clerk.


Jon Spencer
Jutta Koether
Claire Buckingham
Chris James


Lucy Gembitsky
Marissa Mickelberg
Marla Phelan
and Snoebelle

monologue texts by Alissa Bennett
hypnosis texts by Jutta Koether

camera: Jim Turner
lighting: Geoffrey Womack
audio tech: Chris Kilcullen
make-up: Gina Crozier
line producer: Tomas Tomczak

set building: Jon Huron and Marie Catalano
onlne edit: David Matorin

THE GHOSTS was first presented at the Park Avenue Armory in February 2011
by Art Production Fund and the Park Avenue Armory
Exhibition Sponsored by Sothebys
Additional Support Provided by Marianne Boesky Gallery, and New York University

Sue de Beer

Sue de Beer has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in such venues as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1/MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Kunst Werke, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, and the Kunsthalle Shirn in Germany, the Neue Gallerie am Landes Museum Joanneum in Austria, the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, and the Museum of Modern Art, Busan, in Busan, South Korea. De Beer’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Goetz Collection. De Beer lives and works in NYC.

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