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Artist Serena Korda works with local singers to create a performance incorporating sculptures in Shifting Sands: Hybrid Rituals & Symbols in Contemporary Culture.

Each ceramic vessel bears the face of a bearded man, referencing Bellermine Jugs of the 16th century used as common household objects. During the witch hunts of the 17th Century these jugs were transformed in to “Witches Bottles” a form of sympathetic magic used to ward off evil.

The Jug Choir, led by Korda, will use these “Witches Bottles” to performance music fuses together soldier’s songs, incantations and the testimonial of Isobel Gowdie the most detailed and well documented confession of the witch hunts in Scotland. Isobel was brutally tortured as all suspected witches were but what is exceptional about her confession is that she was so articulate and there is hypothesis that she was a performer or storyteller.

Under duress she appears to perform her interrogators desired treatise with moments of what appear to be pure improvisation, a pertinent starting point for Korda’s sound experiment.

The Hosts:Ectoplasmic Variations has been made with the support of Camden Arts Centre, Rhubaba Gallery and Choir, Smiths Row and King’s College London. With special thanks to Kat Buchanan.


Thursday 9th July 7-7.30pm

Saturday 11th July 3-3.30pm

To take part in The Jug Choir, click here or email your details to