Hidden Values

Natasha Barrett

Hidden Values

  • Natasha Barrett
  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Duration: 20:04
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Hidden Values explores through drama and metaphor three ancient and seemingly minor inventions have shaped our societies and affect our everyday in a multitude of ways: the umbrella, the lock (and key) and sight correction. The Umbrella protects from rain, snow, sun and wind. It protects and saves, defends and deflects, covers and disguises; Optical Tubes, apparently invented by Descartes, were glass tubes that touched the eyeball like contact lenses. We can choose to see the world in focus or through a soft haze; The invention of the lock and key can be traced back over 4000 years and as metaphors have been used throughout literary and dramatic history. Locked doors provide safety in a modern world. A lock hides secrets from prying eyes, locks people in, locks people out, symbolises power and ownership. The Lock plays out a drama between two forces: one represented by the female voice, the other by percussion instruments.