The Eternity of the World
MKA, Provocare Festival, Anna Pappas Gallery, 2017
Bondi Feast, Bondi Pavillion Gallery, 2017
Two siblings, and an unrelated audience stand in a gallery. The Eternity… is a black mass, a misremembering, and a disappearance act. A ritual, a meditation, and a metaphysical operation.
MKA’s Tobias’ and Kerith Manderson-Galvin’s intentions are to contemplate the eternity of the world – the concept has been debated for over a millennia – by philosophers including Aristotle, Philo, Thomas Aquinas – and also reveal their own anecdotal evidence of misremembering, of black mass, and of mass disappearance.
Throughout the work, theories, and narratives – from the Lost City of Atlantis, to ‘the Cruise’ episode of Rockos Modern Life, to childhood stories of the pair – are explained chronologically and by significance, in a steady collection of actions that speculate beyond recognised thought. Speeches are given, songs are sung, and people disappear. The Eternity of the World is about the start of existence, the permanence of a moment, parallels and conclusions. It’s being held by the difference between what you know, and what is possible.
“A post-modern masterpiece” The Plus Ones
“Audacious, chaotic and brazenly charming.” Arts Hub
“Nope. No way. Didn’t get it. Can’t review it.” Sydney Arts Guide
Created and performed by: Kerith & Tobias Manderson-Galvin
Music: Maria Moles and Adam Halliwell