In 2016 I made a short film about a spy and her asset.
Over the following months new material began to emerge: fragments and transmissions that both related to the film, and yet also seemed to be branching away to form something new, enigmatic and complex.
A curious and twisting story was unfolding, and as it developed the work itself also began to take a new form.
What has materialised is an evolving catalogue of fragments in various media: images, video, filmic shards, text, document and audio, amongst others.
This is a work of pinpoint focus and expansive patterns; tiny details, symbols and oblique dispatches that don't make sense until a larger picture is in view.
It is an exploration of observation, data, power and desire. And at its heart, a story about a spy and her asset.
The fragments that relate to these women and their intriguing, multilayered worlds are being released live as they emerge; as the mystery itself unfolds.
In May 2017, a new version of the project entitled "Dead Drop" will be exhibited for a month at Mailbox Art Space on Flinders Lane in Melbourne, Australia. More details are available here.
- Ming-Zhu Hii