Escape from Neolithic
The artist’s reflections on the condition of modern man are at the heart of his videos dedicated to a Neanderthal figure, starting from his The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview. Set in a landscape suspended between the past and a futuristic present, the film portrays a bizarre interview between a Neanderthal of keen intellect and a young, “modern” man who can’t keep up with the intellectual exchange. The video is peppered with metaphors to explore how contemporary society is ever more sedentary and grounded in an outdated concept of property, while being dominated by an excess of technology. Mellors juxtaposes this notion with a Neanderthal capable of organizing himself socially and producing art as a lesson in humanism to highlight the loss of meaning and ideals symptomatic of modern society. In this discourse of evolution, the figure of Shakespeare appears frequently represented by busts and a series of photograms which will be presented together with the video inside the gallery.