The tool of Genesis

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This is an art installation made in a 3D virtual scene. I used Cinema 4D to make the scene and Vray to render it. The rendered image has little post-processing.

The art installation is called "The tool of Genesis". For this work I used several primitive objects: a series of neon lights that form the title of the work, in Romanian, "Instrumentul Genezei", a mirror and two spheres placed on a box in which there is a strong light source. I also made a frame that encloses all these objects.

The mirror and the spheres are the main elements of this art installation. How the objects are arranged and their size make-up the shape of a phallus. With the help of the title of this work, I suggests in a clear way that one of the important "tools" in prehistorical times that enabled mankind to multiply and to prosper as a specie, was the male sexual organ - the phallus. One can find frequently in the visual arts paintings, photographs, or other types of works that illustrate the "origin of the world". These often depict the female sexual organs or simply the female form. One of my goals with this project is not to show the origins of the world, but a key "tool" used for the perpetuation and evolution of the species that preceded the Homo sapiens sapiens. The title of the project makes a clear reference to the Book of Genesis from the Bible, where God gave the following command: "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth and subdue it ...". And this is what we all did and we still do. Another way to interpret my art installation is in the form of an interrogation: what tool did God use to create the world?.

Perhaps the central object of this art installation is the mirror. I used a mirror to suggest that each viewer passing by can find himself in or relate to, in some form or another, with the subject matter. The mirror integrates the image of the beholder in the subject of the project. By viewing yourself on a mirror that symbolizes an erect phallus, you immediately realize that the art installation speaks of you as well. Human beings are sexual, regardless of race, gander, disabled or non-disabled, religion and education. In everyday life we are more or less influenced by our own sexual instincts and impulses. We also intensely exploit through mass-media and in advertisement. One should also note that the spheres and the mirror are projected on the surface of the wall: the dark contours behind the objects. In this way I point out the influence of sexuality in various planes of existence of every human, other than the obvious ones. The contours are like "footprints" or "marks".

The main objects of the art installation sit on a box. It has a large opening through which we can see a bright light. Inside the box I placed an intense light source to suggest that in some cultures it was believed that people have a sexual energy. In some of these cultures, this sexual energy was also worshiped. The box can be associated with a scrotum, because of its similar position. The light inside can be interpreted in other ways. For example, it can represent the source for life of future generations. In the scrotum, sperm is produced by testicles. In this case, the testicles are outside the box, to emphasize their important role in procreation.

On a close look, you can also see that I made ​​the box deeper than the floor and that it exceeds the wall limit. Thereby, the box is integrated in the structure of the room. In this way I point out that sexuality is an integral part of any human society that existed or will exist. It is a part of the "human fabric", of what the human existence is, and it cannot be suppressed or removed without endangering the specie. The size of the box transcends "the large box", in other words, the room. For the cultures that worshiped sexual energy, the sexual rites were a way to transcend the secular plane and to celebrate deities of fertility.

The frame of the art installation is intended to be a delimitation from the rest of the room. People often avoid being open about sexual related topics. Despite how important and defining for human existence it is, sexuality is a very private matter for people, and it is a taboo topic. The frame may be regarded also as a door, a closed one. In some cultures, people are expected to open this door, to reach their full sexual potential. This is often considered to be an important step in personal development.

At the top of the image, we see a series of neon lights that form the title of this project: Instrumentul Genezei (The tool of Genesis). Almost all neon lights are off, yet a few are on. The brightly lit neons make-up two words: MEN and ZEI (Gods). This is an interlingual pun. In this way I stress that men are "the tool of Genesis". By associating the word MEN with ZEI (Gods), I make a connection with the Christian culture where God is a man. By definition Christianity is a monotheistic patriarchal religion. In a patriarchal culture, the man has a greater precedence in situations deemed to be significant: in society and in families. Women are considered even in present days as being the weaker sex. In the past, women had to listen to the word of man, similarly how Christian believers today still obey His word. To conclude, I try to draw attention to the misogyny that is still present in some social circles even today, and point out that it has its origins from the first chapters of the Bible, in Genesis. The woman received the following order from God: "Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.". Governments, administrations or corporations, are run by men. Very few women world-wide are in leadership positions.

There are also several small red neon lights. These are located under the following letters: S, U, G, I. In Romanian the verb "a suge" means "to suck", but it is conjugated to the second person, singular, present tense. Given the context, this word needs no further explanations.

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