An Unexpected Conversation: Amabie Project Part Two

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Abstract / Description of output

Curated by Johanna Leech and Pollen Studios, invited artists were asked to reimagine the Japanese myth of the Amabie for 2020 pandemic Ireland. The Amabie is a mythical creature in Japanese culture; a long-haired, beaked merman who appears only to prophetize a coming epidemic or an abundant harvest. This artwork takes on the creature in the style of a 16th Century English pamphlet, a medium which acted as a way of cheaply and quickly disseminating information, propaganda in a pre-digital society. The pamphlet wars of the 16th century offer a mirror to the disinformation campaigns of the 21st Century, particularly acute during the Coronavirus pandemic. They also offer an example of crude mass visual communication, with emphasis on legibility over aesthetics.

In this artwork, a man styled after the Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, addresses the Amabie with a proto-speech bubble as seen in 16th Century illustrations.
Original languageEnglish
Size72.25 * 89.92
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


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  • Amabie Project

    Doran, F., Leech, J., Yamayoshi, C., Tomohiro, N., Mizutani, I., Tono, T., Ota, Y., Iino, T., OHNO, S., Hirose, Y., Ando, K., Magee, A., Masuyama, S., Kirkpatrick, C., Gleason, G., Tračuma, K., Ricks, J., Cherry, J., Campbell, C., Marshall, K., & 12 othersBoyle, M., McMurray, G., Watson, E., Lyness, Z., Watt, C., Fairley, G., Bhreathnach-Cashell, S., Hendry, M., King, P. . N., McKenna, D., Braibant, E. & Mahon, D. F., 19 Jun 2021

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