ADEPT’s installation Not Quite Dead was commissioned for the Winter Festival 2008 Enchanted Parks by Magnetic Events on behalf of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative.
Not Quite Dead was developed with students from a local primary school. The children researched local histories and legends to create an original ghost story set in the gothic mansion Saltwell Towers, which formed the basis of the complex interactive installation.
Visitors playing hopscotch on a pitch laid out in the building’s gallery could watch themselves projected live on a nearby projection screen, masked to the shape of one of the mansion’s windows. Occasionally, a ghostly child would start playing on the same pitch, visibly jumping ‘through’ the live players.
The installation also included a second projection and a haunting soundscape.