bob vanderbob a.k.a. bobvan

fecundity
multimedia installation
2015

This Artificial Mythology installation premiered at 
Balance-Unbalance 2015 in in Phoenix (AZ) at the Art Warehouse -
Arizona State University.

fecundity (noun)

  • 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'...

fecundity

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.

fecundity bob vanderbob

The installation is inspired by a Neolithic fecundity figure found in Harappa, in the Indus Valley.