Showing the Making

Pepper’s Ghost & the Mark

Small theatre of illusion

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Location: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, view access map
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About the event

As part of The Centre for the Less Good Idea's residency at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain.

Named after John Henry Pepper who popularised it in 1862, the Pepper’s Ghost is a 19th-century theatrical illusion technique that uses a half-silvered mirror and lighting techniques to bring forth ghosts and apparitions on stage. Here, visual artists Marcus Neustetter and Pélagie Gbaguidi engage the Pepper’s Ghost using live digital and physical drawing techniques respectively. Joined by Pantsula dancer and choreographer Vusi Mdoyi, the collaborative performance becomes a process of responsive mark-making, disrupted and expanded upon through the use of the body. Ultimately, the three artists’ commune and collaborate inside the Pepper’s Ghost to explore, among other things, rite, ritual and ancestry. This public exploration is just another step towards finding a physical form for the relationship between these three artists.

Performers | Angelo Moustapha, Vusi Mdoyi, Pélagie Gbaguidi & Marcus Neustetter
Footnoter | Bronwyn Lace

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Additional information

Estimated duration: 1h.
Doors open at 7pm.
Seated show, subject to availability.
English and French.
Shows begin at the time indicated: latecomers will only be allowed entry if this does not disturb the show.
This event will be filmed by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain teams for distribution on our digital communication platforms and those of third parties authorized by us. The audience may appear in the produced content. If a person appears in the produced content and wishes to be removed, please contact the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain at

The Less Good Lounge
Documentation space Moments of Making (archives, documentary film and sound installation).
Bookshop space in collaboration with The Centre for the Less Good Idea and the Fondation Cartier.

Cafeteria Soré (African cuisine), open every day and evenings of performances.