Civilisation Two is a hanging illuminated sculpture and is part of the Extra Ordinary exhibition at the Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town.
Southern Guild launches its 10th anniversary with Extra Ordinary, an exhibition of specially commissioned pieces by a group of multidisciplinary artists, opening 14 February 2018 at its gallery in Cape Town’s Silo District. In the spirit of bold originality that has marked its decadelong journey of pioneering collectible design in South Africa, the gallery invited the makers to produce exploratory new work that crosses over into other disciplines, materials or technologies.
Civilisation Two is an exploration of how human civilisation in the more distant future might look. A type two civilisation is able to harness all the energy emitted by a local star, not just that which falls on its planet. It is speculated that this is an interstellar civilisation that is no longer confined to living in proximity to a single star, but to many.
In this piece I imagine a floating city no longer confined to the planets surface.
“We must be ready at any moment to abandon what we are for what we could become” Charles Dubois, about post humanism.
The material is a natural one – Kiaat wood and I have used traditional joinery and methods using only a table saw rather than more modern methods. These contrast with the futuristic theme of the work and references our origins.
Material: hard wood – Kiaat
Dimensions: 2450mm x 680mm x 1670mm height