Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AR
What is it?
Gunilla Klingberg’s Parallelareal Variable reveals a powerful set of electro-magnetic bands of energy forming Eastside Projects. Klingberg’s new site specific installation is the Stockholm based artist’s first solo show in the UK for over a decade.
Curry Lines are purposed electro-magnetic bands of energy crisscrossing the globe, similar to Ley Lines and the Hartmann Grid. The lines themselves are not seen as a problem, only the points where they intersect each other. As the lines are electrically charged, the intersecting points are either double positives, double negatives or one of each. Dismissed by conventional science, these lines became important in the new age movement as areas of intense supernatural activity, the intersections in particular are mythologised to be a source of unhealthy energy that can physically affect a person’s state.
The artist hired a professional dowser to divine the position of the Curry Lines within Digbeth running through the gallery. The representation of this grid through Eastside Projects turns the space into a flattened and repeating pattern for Klingberg, affecting the way a person navigates and exists in the space as a physical representation of the effects of the energy lines.
27,000 metres of steel ball chain fills the gallery space in a grid creating a series of layered curtained areas. The three meter high ball chain curtains sparkle from a projection of another energy grid slowly moving on top of the steel lines. To move through the gallery you have to push through the energy lines seeking out a positive position amongst the maze of options.
Exploring both the legacy of new age spirituality within contemporary culture and the historical importance of mysticism within art Klingberg’s visual machine locates a fixed and moving grid that divides the gallery space into areas of positive and negative energy affecting movement through the space with a psychedelic twist.
More info: eastsideprojects.org