here’s a new exhibition in town: Neo Prehistory – 100 verbs. Neo Prehistory – 100 verbs is on from the 2nd April until the 12th September 2016, part of the XXI International Exposition, Triennale di Milano. This exhibition puts on display objects, artefacts and inventions, which have played a vital role in the history of mankind.
From primitive arrows used for hunting to the atomic bomb and the iPhone; this exhibition shows human intellect and an inclination towards design and what’s more, it encourages you to reflect on the old and the new. Mood lighting welcomes you in and suggests a specific narrative, which focuses on highlighting similarities between designs of the past and present; this is done by drawing a comparison between prehistory and contemporary society.
There are ancient artefacts like spears with stone heads displayed alongside futuristic nanotechnology and what’s more, 100 verbs illustrate these 100 exhibits. The underlying thread is a human tendency towards moulding materials to meet current needs. In fact, each exhibit is described by a verb which represents a precise activity: you go from “love” to “conquer” and end with “kill”. These are the different actions humans have had to perform in order to live with dignity. And this leads you to the frontiers of scientific research, from genetics to artificial intelligence, which guide us towards an uncertain and mysterious future.
However, the aim of this exhibition isn’t to question the future. In fact, it looks at our present only to compare it with the past, as well as trying to understand modern anthropology which is sometimes brilliant and sometimes steering towards dangerous paths.
When: 2 April - 12 September 2016
Where: Triennale di Milano, 6 viale Alemagna, Milan, Italy