THE HUMAN ZOO (2015)
Westminster Arts Reference Library, London
The story of mankind is the story of the struggle to deal with the consequences of our fast advance as a species and of our ability to adapt to the demands of man-made environment.
‘The tale of two cities’ Tryptic: ‘Zoo or Game park?’ (left), ‘The Final Frontier’ (centre), Yin / Yang – C9H13NO3Epinephrine / C8H11NO2Dopamine (right)
“The city is man’s most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire. But, if the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is henceforth condemned to live. Thus, indirectly, and without any clear sense of the nature of his task, in making the city man has remade himself.” Robert E. Park (1915)
The city of London has since its beginnings undergone change, and different roads have been taken to the present day city plan. As such, the honeycomb-structure is used as a visual metaphor for our journey as a species, from nature and into the city in the blink of an eye.
The honeycomb is all inviting, attractive, seductive, sweet… whilst its repetitive structure appears like chainlink fences through the streets.
Like the river Thames, this city has its own rush-tide of ebb and flow, with a constantly changing waterline of people surging through, creating a human tide of possibilities to occur (daytime population 10 million – receding back to 8 million at evening time).
“‘The Tide – The Continuous Possibility Of Chance To Occur’ (below) is a personal and for me an all encompassing piece, which includes many of the ideas and experiences I’ve encountered in London through the years. A place where every square inch is sought after, and space is either occupied, maturing or in waiting to be filled. The use of concrete is a conscious choice. Concrete is man-made. A material of choice to translate plastic ideas into the concrete round.
‘The Tide – The Continuous Possibility Of Chance To Occur’
This exhibition sets out to explore urban experience of the metropolis in the digital era.
Following the ‘Over / Under Ground’ (2011) and ‘Necropolis’ (2013) exhibitions these works continues to explore the human experience in the metropolis in the digital era. The project draws on The Human Zoo (published 1969) by zoologists Desmond Morris who examined the nature of civilised society.
RELATED PANEL DISCUSSION
THE HUMAN ZOO – HUMAN NATURE THROUGH THE EYES OF CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE AND ART.
THURSDAY 4 JUNE, 2015, 6.30-8.OOPM
WESTMINSTER REFERENCE LIBRARY
A PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A THAT USES DESMOND MORRIS’ ‘THE HUMAN ZOO’ AS A STARTING POINT TO EXAMINE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR IN THE CONTEXT OF THE METROPOLIS – A PLACE WHERE BASIC NEEDS ARE CATERED WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW AND EXPLORE – BUT TO WHAT EFFECT AND AT WHAT COST?
IN A SNAPSHOT (2min EDIT)
MICHELLE BADDELEY IS A BEHAVIORAL ECONOMIST BASED AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON – BARTLETT FACULTY OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. MICHELLE EXPLORES THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NEUROLOGICAL INFLUENCES ON DECISION-MAKING UNDER RISK AND UNCERTAINTY. CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS FOCUS ON THE APPLICATION OF INSIGHTS FROM BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS AND INFORMATION ECONOMICS TO THE ANALYSIS OF INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPLY CHAINS, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BEHAVIOURAL MACROECONOMIC MODELS.
WILLIAM FEENEY IS A FIELD BIOLOGIST BASED BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (UK) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (AUS). HIS RESEARCH FOCUSES ON THE ECOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY CONSEQUENCES OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SPECIES. HE IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN HOW DECEPTION, COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION AND LEARNING AFFECT THE DYNAMICS BETWEEN ECOLOGICAL RIVALS, SUCH AS PREDATORS AND THEIR PREY OR PARASITES AND THEIR HOSTS.
LEWIS BUSH IS A LONDON-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER WRITER CURATOR AND TEACHER. HIS PHOTOGRAPHY AND WRITING EXPLORES DIVERSE TOPICS LOOSELY CENTRED ON ISSUES OF HISTORY, REPRESENTATION, AND POWER.
ALEXANDER LUMSDEN IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHOSE WORK FOCUSES ON THE TOPIC OF CHANGE AND THE CONSTANT DUALITIES OF PROGRESS IN THE DIGITAL ERA LUMSDEN IS A GUEST LECTURER INTERNATIONALLY AND RUNS WORKSHOPS FOCUSED ON THE USE AND APPLICATION OF CONTEMPORARY COLOURS.
CHRISTOPHE BRUCHANSKY IS A LONDON-BASED ARTIST. PHILOSOPHER AND WRITER OF METAPHYSICS AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TWO PHILOSOPHICAL BOOKS ‘HUMANS AND THEIR ERRORS’ AND ‘DIGRESSIVE SOCIETY’ WHICH EXPLORE AREAS OF EXISTENTIALISM AND INDIVIDUAL CHOICE .
FULL VIDEO (35min EDIT)