Press release: Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes, Konstfack Gallery, Stockholm 2006

”Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes”
26 January – 5 February

Private view Wednesday 25 January 16 - 20

Konstfack Gallery
LM Ericssonsväg 14

Opening hours 12 – 17

The creationist idea of a young earth says that the world was created no more than 10.000 years ago. Some creationist museums portray humans and dinosaurs co-existing before the flood. Before the birth of the evolution theory in the 19th century, creationism was the accepted view of how the world was born, even among scientists.

In a letter from 1860 Charles Darwin wrote to a colleague that a peacock´s tail feather caused his evolutionary theory problems. He projected his failure onto the beautiful feather to the degree of it making him feel nauseous.

Cryptozoology is the study of unknown animals, based on oral traditions, stories of the local inhabitants, legends and folktales. Sightings of such an animal have been reported from the jungles of Africa. It is said to have a long neck, a long tail and round footprints with three claws. The locals have named the animal Mokele-mbembe and it is said to be a now living dinosaur.

Kraken is the Scandinavian sea monster described by a Danish theologist in the 18th century. In 1830 the poet Alfred Tennyson wrote the poem "The Kraken", where Kraken lay on the bottom of the sea in a dreamless sleep until Armageddon.

The title of the work is latin, meaning "war of all against all" and is taken from Thomas Hobbes book "Leviathan" 1651.