The Cultural Institute at King's College London
King's Building and Somerset House, Strand, London
Wednesday 3 December 2014, 14:00-17:00
A symposium with the artist, curator & academics behind ‘De/coding the Apocalypse’
King’s College London – De/coding the Apocalypse: Events
De/coding the Apocalypse is a new exhibition by artist Michael Takeo Magruder. It explores contemporary creative visions inspired by and based on the last book of the Bible – the Book of Revelation – investigating our enduring fascination with the Book, updating and interrogating both its positive and negative aspects. The word ‘apocalypse’ originally indicated an ‘unveiling’, and the Book not only documents the destruction of the current world, but also maps out the creation of a new, better one. Using the latest in technology, from 3D printing to virtual reality, the show brings various elements to life in ways that are as playful as they are challenging.
Participants: artist Michael Takeo Magruder, curator Alfredo Cramerotti, lead academic Prof. Ben Quash, and three of the four academic ‘readers’ of the Book of Revelation whose ideas informed the artist’s work - Prof. Edward Adams, Ms. Michelle Fletcher, Dr. Aaron Rosen, and a contribution by Dr. Simon Woodman.
The talk and follow-up discussion focus on the guiding idea at the origin of the project, its process in the form of research, and its ultimately realisation as an exhibition. A truly inspiring conversation at the interface between academic research and artistic creativity.