'Unseen: the Lives of Looking' by Dryden Goodwin, 2015

As part of its contemporary arts programme, the Queen’s House in Greenwich became host to a cinema for artist Dryden Goodwin’s first feature film. 

In the fourth exhibition in our contemporary arts programme, the Queen’s House became host to a cinema for acclaimed contemporary artist Dryden Goodwin’s first feature film, which was screened between 5 March and 26 July 2015.

How and why we see in the modern day

Following the lives of three modern individuals with a particular relationship to looking – an eye surgeon, a planetary explorer and a human rights lawyer – Goodwin encouraged us to think about how and why we see in the modern day. The artist’s own gaze reflects on their endeavours, through his intense drawing and filmmaking activity.

Presented with works associated with three historic ‘lookers’ from the museum collection, the exhibition showed how observing and recording has been central to the history of Greenwich.

Watch the trailer for Dryden Goodwin's 'Unseen: the Lives of Looking'

The solo exhibition included drawings produced during the production of the film, as well as artefacts used by all four lookers in their work. In addition, items from the Museum's collections highlighted three figures in the history of the Queen’s House Royal Observatory Royal Hospital School, to consider how working at Greenwich has always involved detailed observation.

Watch the film

Creation of the film 'Unseen: The Lives of Looking' was supported by an Arts Award from theWellcome Trust alongside funding from Royal Museums Greenwich, Arts Council EnglandRed Bee Media