The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview
Watch British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September.
Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life.
Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind.
The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’.
As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer.