The Great Reclaimation

06 September – 05 October 2008

Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

‘History is a race between education and catastrophe.’  - H.G.Wells


Since the tyranny of the age of Newton, and the barbarism of the 

terrible ‘redundancy’, we have seen nothing but the fragile pinnacle 

of a previous civilisation pitched into the undergrowth. We dumbly 

ignored the old machines and ideas that were decaying at our feet.


Now, however, it is time for the ‘Great Reclamation’. A new power will

be forged for both man and technology, as we strike forward with 

renewed purpose and demonstrate our mastery of all skills, both new 

and old. Around us we collect the brutal technology, the abandoned 

theories, the outdated strategies of the past, and we weld together a 

raw vision of the present where debunked science, once outmoded ideas 

and redundant machines will join and stand together as one. The past 

will now live side by side with the future, to understand all things 

in the glorious intense present.


Long live The Reclamation!

Road Trip 2008
recycled plastics, wooden stakes, assorted chairs, carousel projector, slides
200 × 560 × 160 cm

The artist & Craig Bender