Kcymaerxthaere is a parallel universe that includes in its embrace our linear world—by which we mean our 3 dimensions of space—to the extent that places we encounter on what we call the Earth can become points of some kind of departure to these other realms. Interestingly, Kcymaerxthaere is not nearly as enmeshed in our dimension of time.
Kcymaerxthaere is also a global project that tells the stories of this parallel world through books, performances, Internet, embroideries, guided collaborations, but perhaps most distinctively through installations—especially bronze plaques and historic sites that honor the parallel world in our linear world.
One can think of Kcymaerxthaere as an illuminated manuscript where every page is in a different location and some of the illumination is provided by the sensation of being in that place—or even the knowledge of it being in that place. Paradoxically, perhaps, these visceral marginalia do not marginalize but make it easier to be transported.
Since the project shapes a world with all these different tools, it seems that it may turn out to be a work that ultimately sculpts its spaces and forms with story. As of November 18, 2011, there are 83 plaques and historical sites in 15 linear countries on 5 of our continents. The expectation of the Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, Eames Demetrios, is at least 1,000 plaques worldwide.
The name comes from two cognate words: kcymaara, meaning the true physicality of the planet, and the word xthaere, which is a shape with almost an infinity of sides or dimension—infinity minus 29 to be precise.
One of the unanswered questions of Kcymaerxthaere is whether or not those of us in the linear world can actually access—or at least discern the form of—all the dimensions of these parallel universes in the xthaere. Our planet is special but not unique in these other worlds, and so the revelation of possibilities is a real gift from those dimensions to ours. But is there a limit to the degrees of separation where connection simply stops and narratives remain untold and unknowable at least to us? Questions of this kind drive the Geographer-at-Large to the work-in-progress you can explore on this site.
Please explore and have fun and above all: don't be a stranger to Kcymaerxthaere.
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In The Press
American Way - April 2010
Crossing The Kcymaerxthaere
In The Space In-between Exists A Three-dimensional Parallel Universe Unlike Anything You Could Ever Dream. Unless You’re Eames Demetrios, That Is
Armed with just a travel guide and two pairs of Isotoner gloves, my boyfriend, Matthew, and I trudged through New York City on a frigid winter afternoon in search of enlightenment. We found it at the bottom of a stairwell, just outside the entrance to the East Village’s scruffy Arrow Bar. According to a bronze plaque mounted on the wall, it was near this site that a $24 gambling debt owed to the Algonquin Round Table Casino forever transformed the history and ownership of Manhattan. “How many drunk patrons do you think have stood puzzling over this plaque at 2 a.m.?” Matthew asked me. That depends on where they get their history.
The Believer - Novermber/December 2009
The brick courtyard was adjacent to the railroad tracks on Atlanta’s industrial west side—and part of a structure that had been transformed from its industrial roots to become the home of a five-star restaurant. I must have taken a wrong turn, because instead of finding the bathroom, I ended up staring at a bronze plaque that had been welded into the concrete abutting the building’s electrical boards. It looked just like one of the historical markers scattered throughout the South to mark every scrape and scuffle of the Civil War.