Stephen Hawking As Ubermensch

April 22, 2008

Two of my favourite contemporary artist are Jake and Dinos Chapman. The Chapmans’ seem to to be nicely demolishing the contemporary postmodern art world, with its great expressions of emptiness and nothingness without purpose. They seem to be reconceiving what art needs to be in 21st century, opening an all new space…

This artwork featuring Stephen Hawking called “Ubermensch”, speaks for itself about contemporary values.

Here are two views.

I met Jake Chapman at his Melbourne talk a few years back. While Kristen got her copy of Meatphysics signed conversation turned to Chapmans’ artwork “Hell” and how, in an anti-Adorno vein, holocausts themselves have a potential to be considered as acts of the darkest poetry. Much like Chapman’s own piece, “Hell”. His is a very daring and confrontational mind. I felt in the presence of a kindred spirit.

2 Responses to “Stephen Hawking As Ubermensch”

  1. […] Stephen Hawking As UbermenschThis artwork featuring Stephen Hawking called “Ubermensch”, speaks for itself about contemporary values. Here are two views. I met Jake Chapman at his Melbourne talk a few years back. While Kristen got her copy of Meatphysics signed …Idea Fix – The Blog – https://ideafix7.wordpress.com […]

  2. Bob the Chef said

    Hah! That’s hilarious. Either Hawking is Ubermensch in the sense that he is one who espouses contemporary values in a very pronounced way (which I’m not certain of, but he certainly engages in his fair share of empty platitudes, like how he felt like Galileo while attending a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, even though nothing could have reasonably prompted such a self-evaluation), or we isolate his crippled state and treat it as a remark on the brokenness of contemporary values and the laughable quality of the idea of an Ubermensch who embodies these values.

    Or, it’s just an absurd work of art. Really. You might as well have put Oprah up there. In fact, it would have probably made more sense to place her at the peak than the chair-chained physicist.

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