First comes an opening salvo of disorientation. Then a frisson a cold, hard fear as I grope my way through the spirit-sapping darkness, blundering through a series of curtains into the night-blind murk of the inner womb.
My heart is racing now. Twinges of lung-squeezing panic grip me as I grapple with my more rational side to steady my staccato breath.
Then a voice in the gloom reaches out to me: “Hello, David. I’m your guide, Jürgen. Just walk towards my voice.”
I’m at the Ahhaa Science Centre in Tallinn, Estonia, to sample some early highlights from the city’s European Capital of Culture programme.
Dark Matters, a sensory-depriving art installation based on an idea by the German artist Andreas Heinecke, is one of the first headline-grabbing works. Blind people guide the sighted in a thought-provoking role reversal.
I posted a few weeks ago about my trip to Tallinn. If you liked this so far, you can read the whole story at Travel-Lists.
Hit the North has been further north than usual this week: Estonia.
You can read more of my brushes with modern art from the European Capital of Culture programme in weeks to come.
Meanwhile, a thought from Tallinn Old Town:
Beware of idiot pickpockets.