by Joanna Rajkowska
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The core of the project was a large crystal formation that was installed in the patio area near Erdington Library. The crystal originated from Brazil, a place recently visited by the artist. Fascinated by the country’s fusion of different kinds of beliefs, spiritual orders and rituals she decided to bring a large Brazilian crystal to Erdington to establish a temporary chakra there. The meaning of chakra was twisted in this project – a spiritual centre in the human body, was also understood as a point of high energy in the organism of the city.
Rajkowska devised a site to subtly affect human bodies, suspend logic and introduce new social rituals, themes she has previously explored within her practice.
The title of the work Soon Everything Will Change came from the notion of an impending crisis with a strong and unsettling sense of transition. “Climate change happens alongside the melting of belief in the rationale of the Enlightenment legacy of European culture. These changes are happening globally and cross-culturally. What we need more than anything is a wonder, a supernatural phenomenon” said Rajkowska.
Soon Everything Will Change was not a site-specific installation but rather a travelling, global device – a mobile chakra. Installed in the public space, it discreetly glowed for everyone. Aside from the function intended by the artist, the public invented their own reason for its presence. Its ambiguous status as a 'jewel', healing object, street wonder and above all a sculpture questioned the pragmatic definition of public art. It was an object that disarmed, shifted the imagination and mesmerised the perception and perhaps really became a chakra, a focus of energy for the district.
- Joanna Rajkowska (2014)
Commissioned by: Polish Expats Association
Artist: Joanna Rajkowska
Director: James Oldham
Musical Director: Daniel Galbreath
Producer: Katherine Hannaford
Mezzo-Soprano: Suzie Purkis
Baritone: Andrew Wilson
Trumpet: Zachaeus Dawson
Accordion: Paul Zaba
Viola: Daniel Galbreath
Barbershop Quartet: Luke Deane, Josh Herring, Ed Denham, James Oldham
Polish Expats Assocation
Waste Paper Players were commissioned to perform a devised piece for the opening of Joanna Rajkowska's Soon Everything Will Change outside Erdington Public Library. The piece was based on the idea of energy and change and was mainly improvised around a simple harmonic structure. It was requested by the artist from the beginning of the project that the performance would operatic. The performance lasted about 30 minutes in length.