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“Prophetic revelation, concerning a universal cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil”.
NOW NOW and the South African concept of Time:
A few definitions:
– Now: “maybe later, but definitely not now.”
– Just now: ” you might actually expect that to happen the same day, but clearly not Iimmediately.
– Now now: “I will get to it as soon as I can.”
From at least 200 BC prophets have been announcing the end of times, and human beings have actually worked quite hard to make these predictions happen. Wars, epidemics, holocausts, holocausts, pollution, floods, nuclear energy, development of atomic arsenals and weapons of mass destruction, global warming, starvation, systematic destruction of bio diversity… We do try hard, but, well, the final apocalypse has not yet arrived.
Little apocalypses happen every day on an individual or small group basis: burnt toast at breakfast , a soft hard on when needed most , rain on braai day… But the real one, no.
So far, so good.
What if announcing a disaster was the best way to prevent or postpone it? This show is an announcement. It represents fires, explosions, animals fleeing apocalyptic situations, burnt canvases, melted plastics, the reek of smoke, post nuclear-war aliens, and scenes of war and riots, sometimes with a touch of humor, painted on large canvases. Men have always liked playing with fire, and I am not different. This show is talking about our times as a way to exorcise their endings. A celebration of survival in the face of destruction.
So far, so good. The Apocalypse is for now now, but God will only make it happen when he has time. As soon as he can…
Is God South African? I certainly hope so. Sometimes I feel like believing in God.
Pierre Mathieu, Johannesburg, November 2013