VISIONS IN THE CRUCIBLE

Nikolai Azariah

In the fifth episode, alongside Nikolai Azariah, we shared and discussed his work ‘Visions in the Crucible’, a twelve-minute audio narrative. By following the protagonist through an alternate world in which people become crystallised in salt, Azariah invites us to consider the multiple interpretations of salt. Made in tandem with his real-life observations of salt as a material, the work blends the study of alchemy with fiction. Together we discuss the links between female mystics and mediaeval alchemists through gendered knowledge and their varying relationships with science and spirituality.