Ouroboros: The Story of Life From the Big Bang to Lady Gaga - Art Show Extended in NYC
"In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the prima materia of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This 'feed-back' process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself."
That's how Carl Jung describes the ouroboros, the age-old image of a serpent swallowing its own tail.
30,000 Images + 3D Glasses Tell the Tale
How artist Ali Hossaini, whose "3d visual environment" show, now extended for another week at the ISE Cultural Foundation in New York City, describes its current usefullness and meaning is this:
Nowhere is the fragmentation of the human psyche more evident than in how we treat the environment. We know we're pillaging our habitat, but we can't make the leap from knowledge to right action. I attribute this disconnect, and many others, to the factionalizing of culture that began with modern science, industry and art.
I'm not saying we should turn our backs on the Enlightenment. But neither should we take it as dogma--we need to rethink its foundation, integrating our psyche into the cosmos in a way that builds on premodern wisdoms as well as modern science. The Enlightenment freed physics, astronomy and eventually art--think "art for art's sake"-- from tradition, spawning remarkable advances along with deep alienation.
It's time to produce culture in a more holistic, organic way. For now science, art and religion--and I use "religion" here to mean a generalized psychology--lie in private tracks, each requiring extensive knowledge for appreciation let alone practice. How can these disciplines work together more effectively?
Hossaini explores this in an installation consisting of over 30,000 images telling the story of "cosmic evolution from the Big Bang to Lady Gaga", combined via SWEATSHOPPE's software and 3D glasses handed out to gallery visitors.
It's been up for a while, but catch the tail end of the exhibition through Friday in Soho.