Martin Firrell
Abuse Begets Abuse
2014
Five environments were installed under Waterloo Station examining the conditions for war or peace, for happy co-existence or mutual annihilation. The five underground rooms of It Ends Here each explored an aspect of human nature.

The Abuse & Paranoia Room: Abuse is the great teacher of how to abuse. The paranoiac cannot discern between threat and the condition of her or his own paranoia. These aspects of human nature operate like serpents eating their own tails in an unbreakable cycle of further abuse and further paranoia. 

What does an examination of the human in crisis tell us about the kind of animal we really are? Without doubt we are a warring and violent species, but we are also redeemed by something else - by our capacity (weak though it is) to see beyond immediate hurts and imagine an alternative to retaliation, by our attempts to live humanely in an over-crowded and tension-filled world. 
Part Of
It Ends Here
Medium
Acrylic text, albino performer, green and intermittent light, haze, found sound
Displayed
The vaults at Waterloo Station, London UK
1 to 4 September 2014
Supported by
Twentieth Century Fox
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