Maarten Vanden Eynde

Homo Stupidus Stupidus

2008
Human skeleton, clay, 120 x 120 x 30 cm.
(In the Gensollen Collection, France and in various private collections)

Homo Stupidus Stupidus is a human skeleton taken apart and put back together again in a different way, disregarding our knowledge of human anatomy. The work is a key feature of my Genetologic research, the science of first things, a self invented field of study that investigates our future past. From a fictive point in the far future I try to imagine how we will look back and which pieces of the puzzle of our evolution and presence on earth will remain. Taking in account that history writing is inherently subjective, and that due to the constant passing of time, new missing links are created, either on purpose, by accident, or as a result of natural disasters, I wonder how the remnants of today will be interpreted in the future.

Homo Stupidus Stupidus is a critical comment on human arrogance, naming itself the double wise man, homo sapiens sapiens, and naming an entire geological era to represent its own influence on earth, the Anthropocene. Seen from a distance, either in time or space, one can only conclude that a species that initiates, studies and neglects its own decline by destroying its living environment, does not deserve much praise or acclaim. The only other organisms on earth that ruin their own environment to the extent that it results in self-destruction are bacteria and viruses.

At the other hand Homo Stupidus Stupidus questions the depth of human self-awareness, of self-knowledge, where we come from, how we evolved and where we are going. It symbolizes the inherent failure when it comes to understanding one self or predicting the future.