Reverse Archaeology
Margate NOW Festival 2019

A collaboration with Emily Wood
Film installation and works in ceramic and metal / 2019

“I tell you what John, if you dig and dig and keep on digging, what is it you even think you’re going to find?!”

Film ‘Got a Huge Signal with my Equinox 800’ traces the currents of desire lurking under the surface of everyday activities. In a playful reimagining of detectorists' YouTube uploads, the film probes into the subconscious of a middle aged hobbyist metal detectorist John, to explore the dark and squelchy crevasse of desire.

When John digs in Margate sands it is not old coins that he finds, but an empty chair that bursts into flames and instructs him to “dig deeper” with his subterranean tools to uncover whatever it is he has lost. She seduces, goads and humiliates the detectorist until his tepid pursuit for buried treasure unravels into a core or writhing, violent, object-less longing.

The installation was site specific and produced for Margate NOW 2019, an ambitious and dynamic festival of art, events and performances in response to the Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary. It has been developed by Turner Contemporary, Margate Festival and Open School East.

Exhibitions and Screenings:

The Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate NOW, Margate 2019
London, 2020, TBC

© Laura Durward

Installation shots by Joel Knight