For Hidden Door 2017, McDiarmid presented a series of interactive installations consisting of models, paintings and objects, resembling architectural forms and topographies of grandeur.
Each of McDiarmid’s installations incorporate and repurpose elements of the unique and stunning surroundings of the old Leith Theatre with each element designed to be interacted with. Please note, you are allowed to pick up and inspect each of the elements on display and rearrange them as you see fit.
The title of the table-top installation, The Centre for Revolutionising, refers to Robert S. Boynton’s book The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project which describes a true-to-scale model replica of downtown Seoul that is reputed to be held within Kim Il-Sung University in Pyongyang. It is said to be used as an architectural tool to help North Korean spies navigate the vastly different society the South has become since the two countries’ separation.