""I think I understand what you're driving at", said Redgrave;
"you mean, I suppose, that this world is something like Eden before the fall..."
- Honeymoon in Space, George Griffith, 1900
Here lie scenes and objects from another point in time. Whether they are from the past or the future is not evident. Is this the aftermath of the un-checked human impact on the Earth? Some dystopian premonition? A warning? Is this Earth? There is what appears to be a time machine, or a space craft, it's not clear. These objects may be the archive of findings brought 'back' from it's travels, or perhaps we are standing at it's final destination, in a place or time distant to our own.
The planet Venus has been a constant source of inspiration to mankind throughout history; both mythical and scientific. It has kept it’s mystery with it’s thick covering of cloud that could not be penetrated by telescope. Up to the 1960's before the Venera missions of Soviet Russia, visions of Venus's surface in both popular and scientific communities ranged from Carboniferous swamplands to arid deserts, to vast oceans of carbonated water. In earlier 20th century England, Christian Victorians wondered if there were also people there, and if so, had Christ visited, and suffered for their sins too? All of these romances were brought to an end when the first probe landed and sent back the message: Venus is hell. Those thick clouds were not raining seltzer, but sulphuric acid. The atmosphere was so dense, and the surface temperatures so hot, that the probe was destroyed within the hour.
Venus has commonly been called Earth's twin. Relatively speaking in it's size, mass and gravity, Venus has much in common with Earth. In spite of it's being closer to the Sun, Venus would not be significantly hotter than the Earth due to those thick clouds reflecting much of the Sun's heat. Venus's scorching temperature and uninhabitable terrain actually come from a runaway greenhouse effect.
In the face of what we now know about the threats of global warming on our own planet, Griffith's character's supposition could be applied to Earth today, rather than a mythical Venus of the past. Could Venus be a vision of Earth's distant future, left unchecked? Venus: our evil twin; a stark warning agains the dangers of neglecting our better judgement for the sake of short-term convenience.
After Eden will be an experimental exhibition based on the sci-fi-esque concept of Venus as Earth's future and Earth as Venus' past. The show has a subtext of global climate issues and the human relationship with the natural world.
Artists are asked to submit new or recent work that they feel reflects or expands dialogue with these subjects.
After Eden will exhibit in Budapest at the end of August during the International Degrowth Conference. More details will be available closer to the submission deadline. To apply to participate please follow the link below and include your name, a brief bio or statement and examples of your work, and/or a web link that contains all of these.
All mediums of artwork are considered.
There is no submission fee but artists are required to be responsible for the shipping of their artwork.
We look forward to your application.