“The Unanswered Q” is an exhibition inside an unknown body. The journey of this idea began at a simultaneous birth of facts and senses denoting the existence of the outsideness of a body and eventually bringing one to yet unarticulated and already unanswered questions.
In 1936, an editor for musical scores faced a problem while working on Charles Ives‘s ‘The Unanswered Question’: the original version, composed in 1908(6), differed from the transcription preferred by the composer himself. “The Unanswered Question”, spelled in the draft as “The Unanswered Q??”, is a score for three simultaneously playing, yet seemingly independent groups of instruments: a string quartet, a trombone and a flute quartet, all expressing, respectively, a silence of druids from which an eternally repeating existential question arises and the nymphs‘ repeatedly unsuccessful answer.
The Novy Projekt meteor fell in 1908 in the Lithuanian region of Samogitia, reportedly weighing 1 kilogram. Its current location is unknown and the impact coordinates direct to a nameless spot beside a country road. No sources comment on the origin of the name. Meteor appearances serve as cosmic details of human history. Almost devoured by the atmosphere, these bodies pierce the horizons of events, leaving trails, superstitions and craters. By their very essence they belong to destructive movement which reduces a substantial object to its sizzling-hot trace. Novy Projekt also represents history that can still be written down by the hand of imagination.
The teachings of the Swiss doctor Paracelsus describe the relation between the material darkness of bodies and the chemical elements inhabiting them: nymphs, elves, dwarves and salamanders. In contemporaneity it is experienced as the diminishing contradiction between faith and the smallest particle of a chemical element. From this point of view it would be fair to compare the world to a spectacle in which the self-creating unions of people and chemical elements continuously repeat and change the celestial signs of material darkness of bodies.