Brutality Begets Brutality
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 Brutality Room: Brutality is null, blank; its only content is brutality; it leads nowhere other than back to itself. There is no redemptive aspect to the relentless fact of brutality. And yet it is almost impossible, having been brutalised, not to become brutal.
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.
Black wooden text, bouncer, torch light, haze, found sound
The vaults at Waterloo Station, London UK
1 to 4 September 2014
Twentieth Century Fox