The Ghost Project scares and surprises beyond Write Around The Murray

It just feels like there's a lot of history in there as well, you're very aware of that

Sarah Slater

IN 15 minute-slots they come through, some terrified, others puzzled, many in awe of the technique.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT: Albury's Justine Heywood sits in the old cell that hosts The Ghost Project, which continues until Saturday, September 23. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT: Albury's Justine Heywood sits in the old cell that hosts The Ghost Project, which continues until Saturday, September 23. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

The Ghost Project, an installation created by Anna Tregloan in the former holding cells at the rear of Murray Arts Museum Albury, is part of Write Around The Murray, but will continue until Saturday, September 23.

The short soundscape offers an eerie experience for participants as they sit in the cell alone, they think, and listen to words and noises that evoke Border ghost stories.

A large mirror might reassure the listeners of their solitude, even as footsteps rustle behind them and that voice moves nearer.

Wodonga’s Sarah Slater came out of the cell saying she was “deeply unsettled”.

“I’m drawn to ghost stories,” she said. “It just feels like there’s a lot of history in there as well, you’re very aware of that.”

Natalie Bittner, also of Wodonga, said the installation gave her chills.

“I sort of expected screaming and gore, but it wasn’t,” she said. “It was interesting because it had that creepiness, but also comfort.

“It did feel like there was someone in the room.”

Recorded in the cells only days before its debut, The Ghost Project is free, but time slots can be booked through the Write Around The Murray website.