Something concealed and securely hidden — something that should be kept away from prying eyes — gives rise to rumours and stories that in time grow more mythical and legendary and evoke desire to find the unknown, to enrich the inner world with a precious secret or the outer world — with gold. Gold became a metaphor, a symbol of acquiring happiness and wealth, solution to all the pressing problems. With its unique attraction this metal by a mere hint of its existence compels one to open a map, take tools, and go for a search.

Treasure hunters who use the methods of dowsing (or biolocation) are not limited only to the search of gold. The followers of this parapsychological practice claim that they can find practically any hidden or lost object, be it the source of water, hidden treasure or even a missing person. According to the beliefs of some of the practicing dowsers, physical objects emit unique radiation — an aura which can be sensed with the help of special tools (for example, frames or pendulums), and the combination “operator — instrument” is a perceptive biomechanical system capable of receiving a signal.

There is no scientific proof that these methods work and one can spend a long time pondering over the practical use of them, luck and coincidence. Nevertheless, if you look at the tools and take them in your hands, you can feel that they look like and function as directing objects. Playing the role of a concentrator for the intentions of a treasure hunter and acting from within the consciousness, to a certain degree, the tools can actually give a hint where to search and where to stop. Perhaps, at some point, the awareness of the search at process itself, not finding what is the sought for, becomes the meaning of the action.

The project was made in the art residence "New Stories of Yekaterinburg" in the Metenkov House (Yekaterinburg, March-April 2018)