An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning "uncovering"), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge:
i.e. A lifting of the veil or revelation. In a religious context it is usually a disclosure of something hidden. In the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age.
This exhibition questions “Are todays children the ones who will experience the raising of the veil” - or is this just the preoccupation of every era since the beginning of civilisation? Is there really a raising of consciousness or is it all a delusion? Will it take a new generation to see past the curtain to a new reality?
This work could also be read as a commentary on modern civilisation; we think we are grown up but is humanity actually still in it’s early years, mere toddlers? As a species have we progressed no further than the second stage of Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development?
In 1951 Jean Piaget broke down childhood to four key stages, the second of these, from ages two to four, the child is typically egocentric. They have an inability to see a situation from another person's point of view. According to Piaget, the egocentric child assumes that other people see, hear, and feel exactly the same as the child does. Another key feature which children display during this stage is animism, the belief that inanimate objects (such as toys and teddy bears) have human feelings and intentions. Does this mirror our own desire to personify God and worship statues?
If the similarities between the state we find the human race to be in at the moment and the cognitive development of two year old run parallel, does this enable us to predict a time when we will reach full consciousness, the apocalypse?