December 6th, 2012 - Victoria, BC
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki
Locaton: Open Space Gallery - Victoria BC.
Dates: Thru to December 21, 2012
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki is a showcase of works answering the question How would you host an ancient alien? The artists in the exhibition responded to an international call for proposals inspired by Zecharia Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles, a book detailing how the human species originated from extraterrestrial beings. These distant relatives are scheduled to return to the earth in December 2012.
Participating artists have proposed a variety of convivial acts to welcome Annunaki families from the planet Nibiru upon their return visit to earth after a 3,600-year orbit. The projects take a variety of forms, from an intergalactic calling card to a bed away from home, collegial gestures of kindness that reveal the customs that we embrace as human citizens of earth.
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki provides a constructive take on Sitchin’s mythology, one of the many associated with the year 2012.
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki Participating Artists:
Cindy Baker & Megan Morman (Lethbridge, AB),
Katie Bethune-Leamen (Toronto, ON),
Marlaina Buch & Ross Macaulay (Kamloops, BC),
Roy Green (Victoria, BC),
Robert Gallup & Josh Kopel (Seattle, WA),
Karen Hibbard (Victoria, BC),
Kruno Jost (Cakovec, CZ),
Serena Kataoka (Peterborough, ON),
Kegan McFadden (Winnipeg, MN),
Mary-Anne McTrowe (Lethbridge, AB),
Ella Morton (Vancouver, BC),
Ryan Park (Toronto, ON),
Shawn Shepherd (Victoria, BC),
Sherry Tompalski (Ottawa, ON),
Rhonda Usipiuk (Victoria, BC),
Christine Walde (Victoria, BC).
Organized by Ted Hiebert and Doug Jarvis, members of the artist collective Noxious Sector.
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki
An Introduction by Ted Hiebert
There is a version of the human story that has us evolved from apes and monkeys, and another that has us immaculately created from miraculous roots. While science and religion vie for attention on the origin debate, the fact of the matter is that we are nevertheless, in some way, here at the moment. And though we might be nevertheless here at the moment, this is not in any way to deny the curiosity of how we might have gotten here in the first place. Science and religion have answers—curiosity has none.
Curiosity, however, has options—and science and religion are only two of what promises to be many more versions and iterations of the story.
Another such iteration comes from the pseudo-archeologist, Zecharia Sitchin. According to Sitchin, the human race is a product of alien intervention, genetically engineered by a race called the Annunaki to serve as slaves—part early hominid, part extraterrestrial. Further, Sitchin believes that many, if not most, versions of early human mythology and religion tell this same story—whether Greek or Egyptian, Mayan or Chinese—the tale of visitors from the heavens who came to earth as gods, creating culture and civilization more than 6,000 years ago. These various instances of the story have—according to Sitchin—a common root in the mythologies of ancient Sumeria.
This may be more than simply a story however, for the Sumerians left not only records of the history, but cosmological charts and diagrams detailing where the Annunaki came from. Early tablets, for instance, show diagrams of the solar system with the sun at its centre (long before the sun was acknowledged as the center of the western cosmos). Interestingly however, these diagrams also show a tenth planet—a planet the Sumerians called Nibiru, home of the Annunaki.
While there is little acceptance of these stories by western science, there are nonetheless anomalies that lend credence to at least the plausibility of the theory—the most convincing of which is probably the orbital wobble of Neptune and Venus, which many physicists feel points to the presence of another planetary body exerting a gravitational pull at the fringes of our solar system. As the legend goes, the planet Nibiru is on a long elliptical orbit that brings it into proximity with our solar system only once every 3,600 years. Each time this happens, the gravitational balance of the solar system is disturbed, causing floods, earthquakes or worse. In fact, some believers go as far as to speculate that the return of Nibiru may be the cause of the apocalyptic visions of earth change predicted by the Mayans for December 21, 2012. This date, according to Mayan mythology, will mark the end of the fifth long cycle—or fifth world—an end-time prophecy that has been popularized by numerous new-age supporters, prophets, advocats and visionaries who tell of pole-shifts, devastating climate change, planetary alignment, mass enlightenment, alien invasion and other marvels of scientific and imaginative wonder.
Indeed, if the Sumerian myths prove correct, the winter solstice of 2012 may mark both the Mayan end of times and the return of the Annunaki, as their planet re-enters proximity to our own. The science and the story may be contested—but won't the scientist's feel stupid if this time they got it wrong. And perhaps instead of lamenting or applauding the end of times as we know them, we might imagine what it might mean for these gods of ancient times to return to a world they helped to create and a people who—at least in part—have continued to in some way tell their story.