Hidden in Plain View, 2014

Video Installation
Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat Gallery, DaDaFest, Liverpool

18th century alchemical knowledge was communicated through esoteric symbology and coding, and yet the key to discovering the ‘philosopher’s stone’ by which to transmute base metals into gold was also averred to be right in front of you. The same dynamic operates in Edgar Allen Poe’s story ‘The Purloined Letter’ (a modern alchemical text when read from an angle) in which a painstaking search for a blackmailer’s letter is found to be ‘hidden in plain view’ all along. I made this video by filming with one hand whilst rifling through drawers, jewellery boxes and cupboards around my flat with the other, conducting a search with an unspecified objective.