Hello once again, we return for a much over due blog on a series of work that has kept us very active in the past year… The Marvels of Nature.
As a huge TED geek, being asked to create a TEDx talk for the weekend just passed, with the theme of ‘Anthropocene’ was not only exciting but terrifying!
Anthropocene: Every living thing affects its surroundings, but humanity is now influencing every aspect of the Earth on a scale akin to the great forces of nature. We have pushed the planet into a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Mankind’s abundance has caused challenging circumstances, from the sheer strain of overpopulation, the difficulties of multinational integration, and the continued unknown impacts of climate change. This new era presents fresh challenges which need to be overcome by their exact creators, Man.
TEDx Warwick aimed: to highlight those individuals who have revolutionised attitudes and approaches in the sciences, humanities and arts. In addition going on to demonstrate the positive impact that mankind is having on our local and international communities, and how the power of a single idea can have an everlasting global impact.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of TED, here is a TED talk looking at perceptual tricks, which is one of the aspects to ‘The Marvels of Nature’, illusions.
One of the main reasons for the experience of talking at TEDx being terrifying was not actually down to the performance element, speaking to an auditorium of people and remembering to click the power point slide at the right moment! Being aware of the task, giving a positive perspective to a huge passion, body fine art, while showing the fine art elements but also the joy in creating the work was the cause of any reservations. Having an approach that is non-serious but completely immersed and passionately driven in terms of vocation and our choices; and highlighting a feeling of responsibilty within making the most of our time, was also a challenge to bring together in a concise and clear message. The talk ‘Playing with paint’ (which will be online in a few months) led to several drafts and edits while writing, with only 13 minutes to talk about the work as a whole, which is inspired and influenced by our Origins, Evolution and Mind Sets, left little time to even begin to touch on some of it’s core concepts. So, let’s hope this blog goes into some of the nooks and crannies still left to explore! And as you can probably tell if you’ve experienced some of our previous blogs, that these are the running themes within the Make-u-believe interests, touching on ideas, our stories, exploring our Origins and Mind sets, and what has led to us today, evolution:
Evolution is the change in heritable traits of biological organisms over successive generations due to natural selection and other mechanisms.
Evolution may also refer to:
Evolution (term), accumulation of change over time, or other technical usage of the term in biology as well as in other disciplines
Evolution was the inspiration for ‘The Marvels of Nature’ series, (the ever popular giraffe image shown above) particularily the words of Terrance Mckenna: “The animal body has reached the limits of its evolutionary abilities”. You can hear more of Terrance’s incredible concepts here:
And Terrance highlighting the novelty of our evolution brings us to the title of the blog, as this touches on the novelty of the series of work.
‘The nature of the beast’: “certain aspects or traits of a person or thing that reveal themselves, either occasionally or on a regular basis”
As animal body art is possibly one of the most popular forms of body painting, next to camouflage body paint, where the body is often camouflaged into nature/it’s surroundings; it appears our natural need for not only connection but combining ourselves to animals with amazing evolutionary traits, has exisited since the beginning of mankind, with cave paintings showing hybrid and transformative images of ourselves with animals, that has travelled and been passed on through time and still exists in our cultures today.
It seems the novelty of our animal connection with the complex novelty of illusions, our ever growing fascination with the unknown, new and remarkable have made the series of work extremely popular across all boundaries of culture, it may be simply ‘the nature of the beast’ that has meant it was able to travel the globe on it’s own doing, but it’s something of extreme fascination and gratitude that we are able to travel and experience all the wonderful butterfly effect of the work. We just hope we are able to highlight some of the vast parts of our animal kingdom that perhaps will benefit from our attention to the effects of our evolution and human growth, and we will continue to challenge ourselves, combining contortionists who push themselves to their physical, and perhaps evolutionary limits, with our passion and play with paint!
We hope you enjoy!