In North Liverpool along the Dock Road a company of artists, scientists, engineers and musicians are conducting an Experiment. An Experiment in Invisible Wind. So, obviously I went to have a look.
Due to the nature of the Experiment and the equipment involved we are instructed to turn off our phones and also to take no photographs. I have partial exemption on this, though once we enter the Omphalos Chamber, the core of the Experiment, I will not be allowed to take photographs.
The loss of home, sure. And yet a palpable sense of Kazimier energy in the dignity of what they have done upon learning of the loss of their city centre venue.
Now, it is time. The time of silence.
Where there are to be no photographs.
Where there is a ritual, a performance, an Experiment, the likes of which I have never experienced.
Gregorian electro chant choral singing to the beats of tuning forks and vocoders. Sudden darkness, costume reveals, drums and silence. Sharp light, soft light, strobe light and fire.
A religious experience, an engineering theatre, the hushed roar of a changing world.
Hand-held and voice activated, a human story of what humans can do, all together, working together, singing together, dreaming together, playing together, wondering why not together?
The power of us. The power of Invisible Wind?
Their plans and dreamings of future events and Experiments.
Well done all of you Kazimiers. All you 70 and more people and organisations who staged this. And you Arts Council England. And you Beautiful Ideas.
Happening right here, right now in North Liverpool. Building the culture, building the economy, Experimenting with the future.
‘Omphalos’ has been on at Invisible Wind Factory since Wednesday and finishes its current series of public Experiments tomorrow, Sunday. But this is only the beginning of changing an economy and creating our future with art. So look out for news of the next Experiment. There will always be more things happening. This Kickstarter, this Beautiful Idea, has Kickstarted, has left the LaunchPad.