This Artificial Mythology installation premiered at
Balance-Unbalance 2015 in in Phoenix (AZ) at the Art Warehouse -
Arizona State University.
- the ability to cause or assist healthy growth
- the ability to produce offspring
- the creative power of the imagination
Will the fecundity of our minds come to the rescue of biological fecundity?
Will we collapse and go extinct, or adapt, survive and thrive?
It is a delicate balance.
Whereas our ancestors conjured up potent fertility deities associated with
pregnancy, birth, life, rainfall, harvest, love, sex and beauty, the dry and
abstract vocabulary we use today in relation to fecundity is not exactly
rousing: 'the environment', 'sustainability', 'biodiversity'...
With this installation, Bob Vanderbob proposes a mythological, poetic
experience, a revitalization of the age-old archetype encompassing the
nested metaphorical meanings of the notion of fecundity to include the
agility of the mind and the potential of the imagination.
The installation is inspired by a Neolithic fecundity figure found in Harappa, in the Indus Valley.