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Contains Art / News / Sat 02 Sep 2017

The Time Machine: Exhibition & Publication

The Time Machine: Exhibition & Publication

The Time Machine by H G Wells: New Exhibition & Publication
23/08/17 – 17/09/17
Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AQ
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‘Consider I have been speculating upon the destinies of our race… And taking it as a story, what do you think of it?’

Where will we be some 80,500 years from now? What would become of our race were current social tendencies to define our evolution? These are the questions that preoccupied the rich mythical science fiction of H G Wells' The Time Machine. Contains Art in Watchet, Somerset, explore these themes in a new exhibition inspired by the novel and a new illustrated, limited edition, publication of the text.
Following the success of our publication in 2015 of a new edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s the Rime of the Ancient Mariner and a new publication in 2016 of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, we are delighted to present our third publication, H G Wells’ The Time Machine, the next instalment in an ongoing series. This project has been made possible with financial support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Fairfield Charitable Trust.
Artworks created by contemporary artists and inspired by the text will be exhibited at Contains Art gallery in a specially curated exhibition (23/08/17 – 17/09/17) accompanied by the publication of a beautiful, new version of The Time Machine, illustrated with those works exhibited. The reproduced plates endeavour to contemporise the novel for today’s audience.
The novel’s importance was recognised by contemporaries of Wells, like Henry James, and has continued to inspire writers, artists and filmmakers alike. The Time Machine is richly symbolic in its depiction of humanity’s decline; its narrative split into two dominant forms of imagery. Wells was informed by the dominant intellectual movements of his age, Marxism and Darwinism. It is relevant today in the mutinous actions seen during the race protests in the USA, the global response to Syria, or even the regressive political rhetoric of Brexit. As the traveller himself says:
‘What might not have happened to men? What if cruelty had grown into a common passion? What if in this interval the race had lost its manliness, and had developed into something inhuman, unsympathetic, and overwhelmingly powerful?’
Artists and their works have been selected through an open submission process. Profits from the sale of the book will be re-invested in Contains Art; helping to support the sustainability and resilience of this nascent, imaginative, not-for-profit arts venture.

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