Crossing Water Container – Salem
1 Bridge Street
Salem, MA 01970
The question “What came first the chicken or the egg?” has been asked and debated by philosophers for over 2000 years, essentially looking for an answer as to where everything began. In doing so, this question drew a stark line between science and belief. The egg represents evolution, or the “descent with modification”. Studies of Charles Darwin have shown that species change over time and evolve constantly, meaning a bird similar to a chicken laid an egg that hatched to reveal the chicken we are familiar with now. The chicken represents God’s creation of man, in reference to the biblical tale of Adam & Eve. Christianity relies heavily on text that supports the idea of a god-created mankind, circling back toAdam and Eve.
The installation will play devil’s advocate and play up both sides of this question. Due to personal biases, the installation will not be able to dismiss a more heavily scientific influence, dealing with the themes of extinction, evolution, domestication, and humanity, clashing with religion.
Curated by David Mshar & Lexi Palmberg