Hayward Gallery from 11th June to 26th August
Alternative Guide to the Universe explores the work of self-taught artists and architects, fringe physicists and visionary inventors, all of whom offer bracingly unorthodox perspectives on the world we live in.
Eccentric and inspiring, their work re-imagines our social and cultural conventions in ways that fearlessly depart from accepted ways of thinking.
Contributors to the exhibition explore fictional identities and design imaginary cities; they build healing machines and record the unseen energy flows of our bodies. They speculate on mysteries of time and space; create devices for time travel and communication with other dimensions; and fashion new letter forms designed to liberate the alphabet from the strictures of Western civilization.
Taken together, their work conjures a kind of a parallel universe where ingenuity and inventiveness trump common sense and received wisdom.
With special added attraction The Museum of Everything in the Hayward Gallery Project Space –
The Museum of Everything – that world-famous wandering space for unintentional, untrained, undiscovered, unclassifiable, unknowable, undeniable and unforgettable artists of modern times presents Sri Nek Chand Saini, creator of the legendary Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India.