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Reverse Archeology Film Installation: Laura Durward and Emily Wood

28 September 2019 11:00 - 13 October 2019 17:00

Reverse Archeology _Film Stil_Emily Wood and Laura Durward_ margate now festival 2019

28 September – 13 October, Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00-17:00

“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?!” 
‘Got a Huge Signal with My Equinox 800’ is a video installation tracing the currents of desire lurking under the surface of everyday activities. In a playful reimagining of detectorists’ YouTube uploads, the artists probe 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.

See November listings for related metal detecting event here

‘Unearthing’- In tandem with the September film screening, hand-made metal objects have been buried on Margate beach by the artists above the tide line. We encourage you to go out with a metal detector and see what you find. Objects will be exhibited over the coming months, watch this space!




28 September 2019 11:00
13 October 2019 17:00
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Artist / Organisers

Laura Durward
Emily Wood


Nayland Rock Hotel
1-5 Royal Cres
Margate, CT9 5AJ UK