International Group Exhibition Explores Concept of Artificial Human Life
What is a homunculus and why are you collecting them? Homunculus (Latin for little man) is a term used in the Middle Ages for artificially created human life. Alchemists believed they could artificially create human beings under the right conditions. Human seed / semen was believed to contain miniature humans that could be grown in the soil or a laboratory. The myth of the homunculus is present in works from Faust to Frankenstein.
The concept of the homunculus poses questions about the creation of artificial human life, and the dualism that separates the mind from the body and the virtual from the material. Seven artists from America, Estonia, France, Iceland, Portugal and Spain explore the theme of homunculi in this temporary, contemporary art collection.
The exhibition takes place at Hobusepea Gallery in Tallinn’s Old Town. The opening at 18:00 on Wednesday, August 13th will feature artist talks by Icelandic artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir and American artist Michael Sell.
The artists participating in The Homunculus Collection include: Carla Castiajo, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Laura Kuusk, Camille Laurelli,Carlos Lazarich, Sten Saarits and Michael Sell The exhibition is curated by Stacey Koosel a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art and Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
13.08 – 01.09 2014 at Hobusepea Gallery
Special Events Info:
13.08.2014 18.00 Artist & Curator Talk
This exhibition was made possible through support by:
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, KUNO, The Oregon Arts Commission, Embajada De Espana En Estonia, The Estonian Academy of Arts, Vladimir Smirnov & Konstantine Sorokin Foundation, The Embassy of the United States of America
Location: Hobusepea Gallery, Hobusepea 2 Tallinn
German silent film director Otto Ripert raised questions about the ethical consequences of creating artificial human life in a series of films called Homunculus (1916 – 1917). The plot of the Homunculus followed the life of a man who could not feel love. When the Homunculus discovers he was artificially created and did not have a soul, he decides to set the world on fire – but changes his plans when he realizes becoming a political despot would be better revenge on humanity.
August 13th – September 1st
Wednesday August 13th
Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk 18.00
Featuring Works By:
STEN SAARITS (EE)
CARLA CASTIAJO (EE/PT)
CAMILLE LAURELLI (FR)
LAURA KUUSK (EE/FR)
MIKE SELL (USA)
Stacey Koosel (CA/ EE)
“Estonia and Spain are separated by thousands of kilometers. As geographically opposite poles of heterogeneous Europe – North and South – they possess very different historical, cultural and artistic trajectories. Until a little less than two decades ago, they belonged to different worlds with the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic hidden behind the Iron Curtain in the Eastern Bloc, and Spain aligned with the seemingly capitalist and democratic ideals of the Western Bloc of Europe. On an artistic level, a superficial glance at this world of the early 1980s, divided into blocs, would set Estonia in the framework of official socialist state commissioned art linked to the occupying Soviet regime, and Spain into a production framework linked to the logics of postmodernism as a dominant cultural paradigm. While there is some truth in this simplistic vision, it requires certain historical nuances with artistic freedom as the litmus test that reveals the everyday reality of different social conditions.”See full article in English and Spanish at: