The use of virtual reality also provides the opportunity to explore af Klint’s temple dream. As Daniel points out, “Of course, no one knows what the temple would have looked like. Virtual reality allows The temple focus on the imaginary aspect of the structure, rather than moving away from it.
“Was it really a physical building she had in mind? Or was it a spiritual site – something existing in another dimension? Perhaps her temple, both spiritual and physical, could not be realized because she did not have access to the right medium. That, Daniel continues, “is our rather crazy idea”. Finally, the right medium has arrived in VR. “The temple is everywhere and nowhere. It’s visually overwhelming, but not really real. In the exhibition, the building can be interpreted as anything from a real space, to something “alive” and “a gigantic lotus flower”, says Daniel.
Olly Bengough, CEO and Creative Director of Koko, says: “When planning Koko’s future, I wanted to disrupt what modern cultural institutions have to offer in London.” For the institution, part of that meant celebrating “the future of art, design and digital technology by supporting artists like Hilma AF Klint who has such an extraordinary legacy,” with works like The temple.
Readers looking for experience The temple firsthand can do it for free from October 10 to 13, with Koko’s to place now open for reservations. The temple is published by Stolpe Publishing in conjunction with Axel and Margaret Axe:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.