Susanne Ludwig, The Wind Can Always Turn, 2008, Digital production still. Courtesy of the artist.
An intriguing message landed in my inbox the other day:
The gentle River Rea is now a perilous waterfall. We are glad to announce mac Birmingham has become a castle.
The surrounding landscape, Cannon Hill Park, has become a wood.
The castle is floating above the wood.
In the heart of what once was mac, stood a ‘white cube’ space:
21.63 x 11.63 x 7.2 metres.
It is now a city for artists.
Above this city is the star constellation Vela.
Within this city children play in derelict ships.
They play in abandoned theme parks.
A woman floats above the desert.
A woman plays with the sea.
The eyes of a portrait flicker.
A daughter has grown taller than her house.
The hairs of the brush grow.
The pirates and cyborgs are welcomed.
A web is spun.
A web is cast.
A spell is cast.
The piece above refers to Their Wonderlands, an international group exhibition curated by the multi-disciplinary collective They Are Here. The show takes place at mac from Saturday 26 November to Sunday 29 January and will ‘explore the space given to make-believe and folklore in post-industrial 21st century European society’.
Inspired by the essay In Praise of Shadows (1933) by Japanese writer Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, the exhibition will be in complete darkness. You will be invited to select a torch on entry to discover the works embedded in a cardboard labyrinth; designed by seminal architect, Yona Friedman. I think it will be a very special show.