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A strange journey to the borders of a parallel universe

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Kcymaerxthaere is our global connection to the 'parallel universe'. So, not many people know. 12 meters under water on the north coast of Bali there is a suitable installation for Bala Qhova. Writing in Bala Qhova was a young man who first tamed an air mouse. Who is Bala Qhova until his services are remembered with small monuments under water? It turns out that Bala Qhova is a citizen of a parallel world called Kcymaerxthaere, or Kcy.


Kcy is a three-dimensional sustainable installation on a global scale consisting of 140 installations spread across six continents and 29 countries. The shape is mostly square bronze plaques (also called 'markers') and there are also more complex 'historic sites'. Each installation is a tribute to the 'parallel universe' called Kcymaerxthaere. Each installation tells a piece of the story that is said to occur around that location, not in our world but in the alternative dimension of Kcy.


There is a famous saying from Ralph Waldo Emerson that reads: "This is not a matter of purpose, this is about his journey". That is how I feel, standing in the middle of Malzfabrik, a giant center of art and design in a former factory that is more than a century old, in the Tempelhof area in Berlin, Germany. I walked 20 minutes from the nearest U-Bahn station, along a wide road surrounded by trees. Almost without other pedestrians, I walked towards the towering red-brick buildings and the main square. I was far from the usual city tour route. My cellphone Wi-fi continued to be disconnected and the friendly female receptionist Malzfabrik had never heard of 'Kcymaerxthaere', I was wandering around this large industrial property for more than half an hour, looking for signs toward a parallel universe.


I found the first easily enough. A plaque on the pillar described by Sentrists, selfish people, so the center of the universe shifts slightly, their compilation is related. Unless others (including the marker tucked in the Malzfabrik entrance park) require more search. "What are you looking for?" asked my friend Maria who lives in Berlin's Kreuzberg Neighborhood, my compilation told me about Kcymaerxthaere, or 'Kcy'. There are locations in Perth and Las Vegas that are related to the Tehachapi story, the Kcymaerxthaere major road building culture, while placards in Singapore and Armenia tell the story of Eliala Mei-Ning, a woman whose voice is beautiful so that it is impossible to hide. Many markers are standalone units, including those found at Malzfabrik Berlin which belong to groups. Seeking consultation is part of the experience. The Kcymaerxthaere site also exists in places as far away as the mainland Tierra de Fuego in Chile and on the banks of the river near Vilnius, Lithuania. "And there is one that is ready to depart for the Moon," said Eames Demetrios, who is officially referred to as the project's "Chief Geographer". Demetrios wrote a fictional story titled California War Period, which revolves around the invasion and occupation of Los Angeles, San Francisco for its water rights. This article in the early 1990s was an important step in the development of the vast Kcy universe. But instead of writing a novel, the accomplished filmmaker, writer, and artist (as well as the grandson of the legendary modern American design duo Charles and Ray Eames) replaces that Kcymaerxthaere is better made as an interactive global presentation. "I am always happy that films and novels are very egocentric," Demetrios said. "From Star Wars to Pride and Prejudice, you see everything through the perspective of these characters. But the world doesn't work that way. Restaurant workers can't go there for us: they think about their own lives. First, then the story later. " With glasses, grayish white hair, and a childish smile, Demetrios appears to be a person who is forever a child, very intelligent and creative.


With permission from the local property owner, Demetrios installed his first Kcymaerxthaere marker in 2003 in 'linear' Athens, a city in the US state of Georgia. He uses the word 'linear' to distinguish our world from its parallel world. Now the project has only really begun to develop over the past decade. The newest Kcymaerxthaere installations are in Nepal, where Demetrios is working with the local Sherpa community in a hikingable location about 64 km from Everest. Also Portugal, which is planned to be a place for a giant seven-point star that stretches nearly 2,000 km from the end of one marker to another marker across the country. The initial marker is a circular placard facing the sky. This plaque has been installed in front of a small white church in Madeira, Portugal's autonomous region off the northwest coast of Africa. The majority of Kcymaerxthaere markers are found in remote places, such as in the bush on the edge of the Utah desert road, because it is not always easy to find a host who is willing to volunteer and a location that can last for a long time. There are even some markers which are entirely under water, such as' 'The Life of Bala Qhova' in Indonesia. "The two-part installation [according to the stages of the Bala Qhova story] is about 12 meters under water on the north coast of Bali. You can swim down and touch it while snorkeling, though it's much easier to enjoy it with complete diving equipment." Despite the vast scope of this project, the majority of the world's population does not seem to know about the existence of Kcymaerxthaere. "I think it's a bit much because it's difficult to understand the big picture of the project because it's really very big picture," Demetrios said. And indeed, if you accidentally come across the Kcymaerxthaere marker without context, you might ignore it without thinking about it. But those who are familiar with the parallel universe of Demetrios (I first learned about Kcy more than a decade ago through magazine articles), each visit to a marker is like collecting puzzle pieces that are truly scattered throughout the world. Last October, I experienced my first accident by finding the Kcymaerxthaere marker: a plaque dedicated to the 'Rhyolite Shadow District', which is in the "linear" Rhyolite, one of the empty ghost towns that is still very well preserved in the Rhyolite Shadow District Nevada, east of Death Valley National Park on the California-Nevada border. But actually this marker is not the first marker encounter for me.

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