Indeed architects, ‘fringe physicists’ and inventors have turned the Hayward into a glorious soap box where fictional identities are explored, imaginary cities designed, ‘healing machines’ built, and the unseen energy flows of our bodies recorded.
We’re led to believe that their leftfield thinking will bring with it the creation of time travel devices, communications with other planets, and – most excitingly for some of you – fashioning new letter-forms designed to liberate the alphabet from the structures of civilisation.
To anyone proclaiming that this is all impossible, we’d recommend leaving any cynicism at the door, as this is of course an exploratory embrace of those who trump perceived wisdom. Nobody will actually time travel.
There’s logical wisdom indeed in the work of numerical savant George Widener who embeds complex mathematical puzzles in his drawings in order to address a future audience of intelligent machines.
Several photographers in the exhibition explore fictional identities and alter egos, including a homeless artist from Chicago whose creates theatrical photo-booth self-portraits.
It’s worth noting that not everything in this exhibition is deliberately or self-consciously odd. Moreover, the work it includes is by individuals who haven’t received the conventional schooling of their established peers.
The brilliantly irreverent Museum of Everything, which made a name for itself celebrating the uncelebrated will also be involved. https://www.designweek.co.uk/home/blog/everything-in-its-right-place/3029561.article
The Alternative Guide to the Universe is on at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvadere Road, SE1 from 11 June – 26 August