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Amidst our exploration of existence, we come to find that these circumstances are crowded with variances––variances that exist between work and action, power and strength, property and wealth, humility and pride, and the earth and the world. By positioning ourselves between these variances, we are provided an identity that creates a tangible understanding of what it means to be human.
More ambiguously, the human experience refers to the simple examination of life: Why are we here? What is the purpose of our existence?
Through the study of humanities––art, music, literature, history, philosophy, and language––we discover that the human experience is universal however unique the perspective. Joy and sorrow are felt by all. How we attend to these emotions and how we position ourselves between variances can connect us with others who align themselves with similar or dissimilar associations and beliefs.
Connection regardless of association, in that case, is an integral aspect of what it means to be human. Expressing ourselves and sharing our experiences contributes to how we relate to each other in the present moment, how we relate to past generations, and how future generations will relate to us.
Ultimately, it is these shared experiences that help us understand ourselves and others, defining our fundamental capacity as human beings. It is this attempt in understanding that shapes the narrative we call the human condition.
Human Condition will provide audiences with a range of creative encounters that explore the physical and psychological experiences that we all face, as human beings. Captivating sculpture, emotive dance performances, lectures from renowned thought-leaders and hands-on educational experiences will encourage visitors to immerse themselves in the question of how we define what it means to be human.
John Buck, Viola Frey, Misha Gordin, David Helm, Jim Krantz, Ken Little & Sunkoo Yuh
Viewers with light & sound sensitivities use caution: this exhibition contains flashing lights and some noise elements.
The Human Condition Exhibition features the following programs: