The exhibition takes its title from a practice employed by psychics and mediums, whereby past events and personal histories are divined through physical contact with an object.
Psychometry includes photography, video, installation, sculpture and previously unseen work and considers the parallel between the artistic and psychometric practitioner from a number of approaches.
Psychometry also known as token-object reading,or psychoscopy, is a form of extra-sensory perception characterized by the ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object. Psychics assert that an object may have an energy field that transfers knowledge regarding that object's history. Psychometry is commonly demonstrated at psychic fairs as a type of psychic reading. At New Age events psychometry has been used to help visitors "meet the dearly departed" (a form of spiritualism). Although a subject of controversy, psychics who use psychometry have been used by law enforcement "as a last resort [and] as an investigative tool with caution" for providing clues not directly admissible in the court of law such as a criminal's character, or the location of dead bodies.