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Jaki Irvine

Frith Street Gallery | Golden Square

Soho’s Frith Street is no stranger to spooky goings-on. At No. 22, John Logie Baird invented the television: The crossover between the Victorian inventor’s wave-channeling invention and his belief in Spiritualism was evoked, some years ago, in a series of wraithlike projections by Tony Oursler in nearby Soho Square. No. 60, home of Frith Street Gallery, is a recurring flashpoint for coincidence, as one discovers in Jaki Irvine’s six-part video installation Towards a Polar Sea, 2005. In the opener, the only segment in black-and-white, gallery director Jane Hamlyn recalls how a Craigie Horsfield photograph she’d once exhibited attracted a visitor who not only knew the female sitter but had lived in the gallery years before, when it was a private residence, and where this woman had visited him. The Georgian house—which, with its creaking floorboards and compact rooms, retains its domestic

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