Den umiddelbare forbindelse mellem dem er Louisiana som både udstiller kunst og producerer tv-indslag til nettet hvor internationalt kendte kunstnere interviewes. Men der er en dybere forbindelse mellem de to.
Parallelograms is an album by American psychedelic folk singer Linda Perhacs. Her first and, until the release of The Soul of All Natural Things in 2014, only album, it was all but completely ignored when originally released on Kapp Records in 1970. Discouraged by the lack of commercial attention and the label's reluctance to promote the album, Perhacs returned to her career as a dental technician. In the 30 or so years that followed, the album gradually developed a cult following.
New Weird America describes a subgenre of psychedelic and indie music, often psych folk, of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.The musical style described as New Weird America is derived mainly from psychedelic rock and folk groups of the 1960s and 1970s, including American performers Holy Modal Rounders and English and Scottish groups, such as Pentangle, The Incredible String Band, Donovan, and Comus.
Dental hygienist & music legend.The incredible story of the dental hygienist Linda Perhacs who as a young woman in 1970 published a groundbreaking album which nobody noticed. Half a century later she discovered that it had gone worldwide on the Internet.
I videoen fortæller Linda Perhacs hvordan musikken på pladen 'kom' til hende - i form af regulære syner eller hallucinationer:
”It came out of thin air.” In the interview Perhacs talks of her inspirations, and she explains that her father’s family are deeply spiritual people who are guided by inner voices. She describes how she hears voices talking to her from above and within, and on occasion is able to actually visualize music, making drawings to help her remember these complicated musical sculptures.
First off, I have experienced Synestesia for as long as I can remember. I could see light colors in music and had always thought that others could experience this as well. I have the ability to see patterns of music, dance, color and light in moving 3 dimensional patterns. Contrary to what some people may think, none of my songs, including “Parallelograms” were influenced in anyway by direct experience with hallucinogens. I had seen what drugs do to people and wanted no part of it.
“Parallelograms” was written on the Ventura Freeway at three in the morning. After a day with Leonard and Kay Rosenman (the music composer who produced my album), where the music of my age bracket was flooding me, and Leonard’s inspiration was flooding me, and the two of them came together. “Parallelograms” came—bam!—like that. I probably was half-asleep, driving on an empty freeway, and I just saw it all at one time, where you put light through a prism and you get many color choices, all representing a different frequency. I had already seen music do that. You play a high flute, it has a high vibrational wave, a gold-yellow tone color, corresponding with that high note. You play a bass guitar, it’s got a slower wavelength, and it’s got a green-blue tone.If I want to paint with sound, then the higher things are going to have a different wavelength, so I literally drew it on a scroll with the understanding that I wanted three dimensional shapes. But yes, it was a concept that came quickly, like a light bulb going on. And I saw it all at once, as a full composition where you’re painting with sound, the words are coming out as sound creating those shapes.I took this scroll that I created with me to the studio the next day and showed it to Leonard and all the musicians involved. Every one of them immediately understood the scroll and its meaning and we used that as one would use music notes written on paper!
Men hun fulgte altså også en skjult og hemmeligholdt alternativ vej i sin kunst, og det er den Louisiana-udstillingen dokumenterer.
Her er hun både mentalt og udtryksmæssigt beslægtet med den abstrakte kunsts europæiske pionerer fra de første 20 år af 19-hundredtallet: Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich, Kupka. Og hun deler tydeligvis deres optagethed af spirituelle filosofier som teosofi og antroposofi - som forståelsesramme for deres esoteriske 'insipirationsoplevelser':
Hilma af Klint’s oeuvre builds on the awareness of a spiritual dimension of consciousness, an aspect that was being marginalized in an increasingly materialistic world. When she painted, she believed that a higher consciousness was speaking through her. In her astonishing works she combines geometric shapes and symbols with ornamentation. Her multifaceted imagery strives to give insights into the different dimensions of existence, where microcosm and macrocosm reflect one another.Hilma af Klint left more than 1,000 paintings, watercolors and sketches. Although she exhibited her early, representational works, she refused to show her abstract paintings during her lifetime. In her will, she stipulated that these groundbreaking works must not be shown publicly until 20 years after her death. She was convinced that only then would the world be ready to understand their significance.
Den mest almindelige form for synæstesi, som flere af dem direkte skrev og udtalte sig om, var tone-farve og tone-rum-synæstesi. Flere opfattede simpelt hen deres maleri som musik omsat til billeder.
Hilma af Klint oplevede at kunne kommunikerer med ekstra indsigtsfulde bevidstheder og få indblik i højere bevidsthedsplaner.
Allerede som barn og ung havde hun clairvoyante evner og syner, og i tiåret op til det billedemæssige nybrud i 1906 havde hun sammen med andre kvinder i gruppen De Fem trænet sine færdigheder som medium.
Men er det så 'kunst'? - spørger nogle af kilderne.
Når jeg ser afbildningen af nogle af disse tidlige malerier i kataloget, ligner de i den grad den slags billeder som synæstetikere som fx Linda Perhacs tegner, blot flottere, strammere og mere ekspressive i form og farve:
Mens en række af de andre pionerer inden for abstrakt kunst, bl.a. Kandinsky og Klee, utvilvsomt var musik-farve og musik-form-synæsteter, så vil jeg antage at den særlige form for synæstesi Hilma af Klints hjerne havde, var var den hvor abstrakte begrebsindhold aktiverer rumligt definerede form- og farvesyner - en synæstesiform der har fået navnet "ideaesthesia", og som man kan læse mere om her:
I den periode hvor disse det abstrakte maleris pionerer levede og arbejdede som kunstnere, havde man ingen som helst officielt accepteret videnskabelig teori om synæstesioplevelser og -erfaringer.