The Worm at the Core

21 October 2022 - 13 November 2022
All Day

SET Woolwich

β€˜ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘Ύπ’π’“π’Ž 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π‘ͺ𝒐𝒓𝒆 ’

PV October 21st 6-11pm
Open 22nd Oct – 13th Nov
Thurs-Sun 1-6pm

SET Woolwich 4th Floor, East Tower. Entrance via Creton Street.

Curated by Cristiano Di Martino & Conor Ackhurst.

American Philosopher William James wrote that the awareness of our inevitable, unavoidable death is β€˜The Worm at the Core’ of human consciousness.

How can we learn to live happily while being intelligently aware of our impending doom? Does knowledge of death affect the decisions we make, and how can we stop fear and anxiety overwhelming us in spite of this awareness?Β Creating order, rituals and symbols, we infuse our lives with stability, significance, and purpose. Enabling us to perceive that we are persons of value in a world of meaning, hence eligible for literal and/or symbolic immortality.β€˜ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘Ύπ’π’“π’Ž 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π‘ͺ𝒐𝒓𝒆 β€˜ is a group show where invited artists consider how fear of death impacts our day to day life and individual decisions.

Poster design by Laura Benson
Poster editing by Jessica Loust

Thanks to Sheldon Solomon, (Co-author of The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life) for contributing to the project.