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Cosmic Relief

In 1961, ancient cave drawings were discovered under what is now the Aidekman Arts Center. Or that’s the story concocted by two Russian artists, Ilya and Elena Kabakov, as the premise for their elaborate installation at Tufts. The Center of Cosmic Energy, on display from September 6 to November 11, 2007, is equal parts archaeology, science, and fantasy. A “re-creation” of the archeological site will occupy the Koppelman Gallery, while upstairs in the Tisch Gallery, visitors will find a Communication with the Cosmos Building, including a 22-seat amphitheater set inside a tilted cylindrical shaft. There they can tune in to a 10-minute recorded “lecture” on how to become receptive to cosmic energy.

“By visiting this special place,” the artists state, “you become part of a grand scientific experiment to determine if the energy of the cosmos can be harnessed, directed, and preserved. As you contemplate the history and meaning of the Center of Cosmic Energy, you may feel a proximity to the Cosmos you have never experienced before.”

Signed, numbered silk-screen prints of the installation plan (above) are available for $1,000 to help underwrite the project. For more information, visit go.tufts.edu/cosmic.

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