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Human nature and the road to

redemption or hell


Thursday 10 July - Saturday 12 July 2014

4pm - 10pm


Free Entry (unsuitable for children under 12)






It Ends Here deploys constructed and installed text in five areas of The Vaults underneath Waterloo Station. Each environment explores an aspect of human nature and the road to

redemption or hell.


The Brutality Room [Illustrated] examines brutality as something null, blank; it leads nowhere other than back to itself. There is no redemptive aspect to the relentless fact of brutality. And yet it is almost impossible, having been brutalised, not to become brutal.


It Ends Here infers insights into living peaceably and well from the pop culture phenomenon of Planet of the Apes; and coincides with the release of the latest film in the series, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.


I have long been interested in popular culture as a potent carrier of important ideas about how to live more humanely.


In the case of Apes, what does the idea of human servitude - the human in crisis - tell us about the kind of animal we really are?


There is no doubt we are a warring and violent species, but we are also redeemed by something else - by our capacity (weak as it is) to see beyond immediate hurts and imagine an alternative to retaliation.








With It Ends Here, my intention was to explore the deeper value of Planet of the Apes’ particular corner of pop culture, locating truths that cast light on our attempts to live humanely in an over-crowded and tension-filled world.



Firrell exploits the damp, dark environment below Waterloo Station’s railway tracks to create an immersive experience that puts senses and mind in a state of alert.



Curatorial Advisor




It Ends Here. Manufactured and installed text; green, blue, gold, and torch light; haze; found sound; room attendants.



Project Creator, Martin Firrell;

Producer, Suzi Wilson;

Fabricators, Onward Display;

Curatorial Advisor,

Dr. Melanie Vandenbrouck.



©Martin Firrell Company Ltd 2014

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