Martin Firrell
Brtuality Begets Brutality (detail)
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 Brutality Room is pitch black. Hidden in the darkness is an obscure male presence, physically immense, suggesting the possibility of coercion or domination.

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
Black wooden text, bouncer, torch 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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