Dana Hoey in the Concave Mirror thanks to Mauro Zanchi and Giovanni Milesi
Signs of light in the shade of a hollow mirror (The Concave Mirror)
November 2016_by Mauro Zanchi
In the field of esoterics, tradition has it that a concave mirror serves to focus attention on the astral world and to sharpen the ability to observe. Sibyls, prophetesses, sorceresses, vaticinators and shamans have all used mirrors to improve their powers of clairvoyance. They would stare into the cavity of a mirror and wait to see images of what was to come. They would act through telepathy and think through images. They were able to move atoms and molecules in the air with their minds and with intuition. At night, they would fill a bowl with water to observe the lights and the flowing of the stars in the brightness of their ‘desiderare’ (desire). Some people discovered the mysteries of nature a long time before science found out about the truth of things.
The study of old documents reveals that some people were well ahead of their times, or quite simply prophetic, and saw truths which were not confirmed scientifically until the 20th century. This journey back in time is like reading archaeological science fiction. It seems that Francis Bacon, in combining physics, magic, medicine, ethics, mathematics and mysticism, managed to discover the biological structure of cells and the process of embryo formation with the help of a concave mirror and thus found access to a series of information about the universe. Along the same line, some Russian scientists experimented with altered states of consciousness in certain mirror set-ups called Kozyrev mirrors. They theorised that a particular arrangement of concave mirrors gave access to invisible energy which activated certain parts of the brain which would then be induced to connect to a much more complex reality, maybe a universal mind. Some scientists have even gone as far as to say it is not by chance that the brain is placed inside the cranium which evolution has forged into a shape that is very similar to that of a concave mirror as if it were a resonator. But regardless of the scientific experiments or the fanciful conjectures, it is the associations that are of interest to us and it is these reverberations, areas full of mystery that only promptness of spirit and speed of intuition can really understand, that are the principal theme investigated in the works present in the exhibition entitled Lo Specchio Concavo (The Concave Mirror).