The Celestial Path is a single-channel video (duration: 9’) that follows two lines of research: on one side the figure of Emma Kunz and her discovery of the healing rock Aion A, on the other the multiverse theory, one of the most radical concepts to emerge from physics in the latest decades.
Emma Kunz is a researcher, naturalist, healer and artist who spent most of her life (1892–1963) in the German part of Switzerland. All her life she worked with the pendulum in the therapeutic field and she applied this technique at the act of drawing geometrical motifs on graph paper, in which boldness and colour stand for Kunz’s specific moods and world visions. This pictorial production aroused the interest of the art world, first of Harald Szeemann, and then through museums and international exhibitions such as the last Venice Biennale. In 1942 Kunz discovered the healing qualities of a rock mined in a grotto close to Würenlos, Switzerland, which she named Aion A. The rock is mined, cleaned, polished and reduced into very fine powder to be used for therapeutic applications.
The multiverse theory considers hypothetical sets of infinite or finite possible universes outside of our spacetime. This theory is often defined as a “limit to the imagination” because it is related to the most experimental physical applications: a very intriguing way of thinking for its expanded reality scenarios and its possible redefinition of the universe conception. There is a very short step between reality and fiction.
The Celestial Path tries to investigate what is buried behind our reality, a “hidden reality”, creating a bridge between the archaic and spiritual past of Emma Kunz and the present, which looks at the future of the most recent scientific discoveries. The video combines virtual tours in the Emma Kunz Grotto with the voice-over of Brian Greene, one of the most important scholars of multiverse theory.
The Celestial Path is the winning project of the first MERU ART*SCIENCE AWARD, promoted by the Fondazione MERU in collaboration with GAMeC and the Associazione BergamoScienza to reward and support the work of an artist and aimed at underscoring the bond between art and science. Invernomuto has been proposed by Andrea Lissoni, curator at Hangar Bicocca, Milan.