Przemyslaw Moskal

The Ghost of Time

Ghost of Time (2002) is an interactive expression of time and space based on the history of Eastern European castle called The Piast Castle from Opole, Poland. The project reflects on the historical changes of Eastern Europe and brings the viewer in “first person” to experience these changes. The viewer is able to travel through the virtual grounds of the castle with the help of a magnetic sensor which serves as an interface for the installation and enables the viewer to observe the history of the castles from different perspectives. 

Picture of the Ghost of Time installation

Expression of Time

The Ghost of Time is my reflection on how subjectively the history in general is viewed, often under the influence of “higher ideologists and values”. It is also my reflection on how little has changed in that regard and how strong the communicating medium still is. Whether we refer to today’s technology or paper and ink in the past, the one who has the ability to record the information becomes the creator of the past.


  • Part of a group exhibition at the ITP Winter Show, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 2002. Click here to view a video of the installation.
  • Exhibition at The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in NYC, 2003

Installation setup: The original installation of The Ghost of Time consisted of the following components: Interactive 3D environment created in Macromedia’s Director 8.5; Polhemus’ magnetic sensor Isotrak II, which sends the 3D coordinates through the serial connection to Director. The sensor is mounted on the bottom of a snow globe; Rear projection onto a semi-transparent fabric mounted on the mirror frame old cabinet drawers on which the snow globe rests.


Concept, design and development: Przemyslaw Moskal
Music: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 by Frederic Chopin performed by Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska

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