The Science of First Things - by Maarten Vanden Eynde
What is Genetology?
Genetology = The Science of First ThingsEschatologie= The Science of Last Things
Genetology (The Science of First Things) is a self invented science, creating an opposition for the existing Eschatology (The Science of Last Things). How will we look back to the past in the future? What will be left over?
Time experience generates a new entity in life. Between the future and the past lays the present; an elusive point but always present. Like the gardener on his way to Ispahaan, the present is on his way to an unavoidable destiny: the past. There is no escape.In the Genetologic Research I try to capture these timeless dilemmas of life. Where do we come from? Where are we going? Carpe Diem!
The fascination for time and it’s consequences is the main area of research. This brings me as close to science as well as art, like ‘The origin of Life Remake’ of Stanley Miller and Harold Urey in 1953, where they tried to recreate life with the same basic ingredients present 3,5 billion years ago, or the discovery of the ‘Interplanetary Super Highway’, fluctuating energy lanes, during the recent ‘Genesis’ mission making it possible to travel much faster through space without additional fuel or external impulse. The cosmological stepmother of the black holes.The sheep on formadehyde solution of Damien Hirst (‘Away from the Flock’), the modern archaeology of Mark Dion (‘New England Digs’), the peeled of trees of Guiseppe Penone (‘Tree Door’) or ‘I Like America And America Likes Me’, the performance of Joseph Beuys of 1974 in which he lived in a cage for five days in the Rene Black Galley in New York together with a wild coyote: one by one works that feel the pulse of time and balance between the temporary and the timeless.
The Genetologic Research functions as an online sketchbook on which I put my own work in the context of other artworks, events in history, scientific discoveries, intellectual discourse and philosophical explorations. Slowly I’m trying to define and understand Genetology. In the future this research might evolve in an exhibition with a matching catalogue’.
Maarten Vanden Eynde (http://www.maartenvandeneynde.com/)
'The Biggest Sculpture of the World represents the attempt of human kind to manipulate and control the world. It embodies the quest for eternal fame, to be the best, the highest, the biggest, the fastest. To be able to lift the world, to carry the burden.' mveynde