Final report by Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze and Amanda Newell, PhD students at CSM and Chelsea
Funded by the Post-Grad Community Project Fund
Hotel Jaguar was created by Amanda Newall (PhD student, Chelsea) as an immersive installation, which took her audience to the setting of a family-run hotel — hosted by Exposed Arts Projects, just a minute away from busy High Street Kensington. There were two options for people: if they wanted to they could take part in the project themselves: to take a position of either a hotel guest, or a member of staff. The storyline, created by Newall, expanded around them accordingly. The hotel itself looked like a semi-fictional historical-futuristic situation, where the time scales, visual references in design and style, as well as the overall “atmosphere” was not pointing to one particular period, but merged the experience of deja-vu with a dream setting of a place that has never existed (yet nevertheless seemed eerily familiar, according to the guests’ feedback).