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It Ends Here | Human Nature and the Road to Redemption or Hell
Abuse Begets Abuse

It Ends Here. Commissioned by
Twentieth Century Fox Film Company.

Installed 8 - 12 July 2014 in The Vaults, Waterloo Station.

Manufactured acrylic and wooden text; green, blue, gold, and torch light; haze; found sound; room attendants.

Project Creator, Martin Firrell;
Producer, Suzi Wilson;
Fabricators, Onward Display;
Curatorial Advisor,
Dr. Melanie Vandenbrouck.

There is no doubt we are a warring and violent species, but we are also redeemed by something else - by our capacity (weak as it is) to see beyond immediate hurts and imagine an alternative to retaliation.

With It Ends Here, my intention was to explore the deeper value of Planet of the Apes' particular corner of pop culture, locating truths that cast light on our attempts to live humanely in an
over-crowded and tension-filled world.

Martin Firrell

Firrell exploits the damp, dark
environment below Waterloo Station's railway tracks to create an immersive experience that places senses and mind in a state of high alert.

Dr Melanie Vandenbrouck
Curatorial Advisor

It Ends Here, commissioned by
Twentieth Century Fox, set out to explore the potential for darkness at the heart of human nature.

The project deployed installed text and performers in five areas of The Vaults underneath Waterloo Station. Each underground environment was constructed to examine the road to redemption or hell.

The project looked at the inter-related nature of abuse and paranoia, the relationship between idiocy and wisdom, the null and self-replicating quality of brutality, and the possibility, or otherwise, of redemption.

It Ends Here aimed to infer insights into living peaceably and well from the pop culture phenomenon of Planet
of the Apes.

I have long been interested in popular culture as a potent carrier of important ideas about how to live more humanely.

In the case of Planet of the Apes, what does the idea of human servitude - the human in crisis - tell us about the kind of animal we really are?