The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview

Lecture: Nathaniel Mellors

British artist Nathaniel Mellors discusses his Hammer Project, the film The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview (produced in collaboration with Commonwealth Projects during a residency at the Hammer). The 35mm/HD-transfer film features an interview between a naive contemporary young man and an apparently real Neanderthal. The work draws on the notion of art as a marker of human consciousness and plays off the formerly accepted idea that Neanderthals were not capable of making art. Hence the eponymous “Sophisticated Neanderthal” character, who is cleverer than his interviewer.

In conjunction with Hammer Projects: Nathaniel Mellors.

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