Sunday, January 13, 2008

Creator and Creature

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These animations originally showed the scale of the Creator and Creature. It was not an accurate representation of the environment that I intended to create but a sketch to give some idea of the relationships.

After a reality check based mostly on finances and time-constrains and after careful consideration with my mentor, I decided to reverse the relationship, that is the Creator is now the smaller figure and the performer or Creature is life-size. This does not of course solve the complexity of the proposition, but at least makes good use of the economies of "scale":-)

A very interesting and valuable result of this decision is that the Creator's metaphor is more accurate as it better represents the post-apocalyptic homunculus which he was always meant to be. As it diminishes in size, like all electronic and robotic devices do, it will exert invisible control as it becomes the Environment.

The term homunculus appears to have been first used by the alchemist Paracelsus. He once claimed that he had created a false human being that he referred to as the homunculus. The creature was to have stood no more than 12 inches tall, and did the work usually associated with a golem. However, after a short time, the homunculus turned on its creator and ran away. The recipe consisted of a bag of bones, sperm, skin fragments and hair from any animal of which the homunculus would be a hybrid. This was to be laid in the ground surrounded by horse manure for forty days, at which point the embryo would form.

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