Welcome Back Ye Annunaki
Dates: November 16–December 21, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Welcome Potluck hosted by Mary-Anne McTrowe
Sound performance by s*
Job Interviews by Cindy Baker & Megan Morman
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki was 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 were scheduled to return to the earth in December 2012.
Participating artists 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 took a variety of forms, from an intergalactic calling card to a bed away from home, collegial gestures of kindness that revealed the customs that we embrace as human citizens of earth.
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki provided a constructive take on Sitchin’s mythology, one of the many associated with the year 2012.
In celebration of the anticipated return of the Annunaki, Mary-Anne McTrowe hosted a potluck meal at Open Space on Friday, November 16, at 6 p.m. Please prepare a dish to share with everyone.
IO + INVOCATION. Before the potluck, a breath, of sound, of meditation, in the spirit of alien ancestors: sound performed with thoughtful gratitude, as we welcome those and that which may come. Acoustic-electronic sound meditation performed live by s* of offworld sonic nexus IO SOUND.
IO + TRANSMISSION. Welcoming the Annunaki with exoteric sound: providing the aural accompaniment for a possible alien arrival. Acoustic-electronic sonics performed live by s* of interstellar label IO SOUND.
Cindy Baker & Megan Morman conducted interviews for their home-based business BenBen Brothel: a bed away from home.
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, CRO),
Serena Kataoka (Peterborough, ON),
Robin Kirkpatrick (Victoria, BC),
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.
Images from the exhibition
Ella Morton, Intergalactic Calling Card
Karen Hibbard, Ready for Landing
*s, Live performance
Kruno Jost, Video-still
Kegan McFadden, from out backyard to your front
Katie Bethune-Leamen, ALL ONE
Ryan Park, Subletting my apartment
Marlaina Buch & Ross Macaulay, COME WELL
Christine Walde, En D'Or: A Library for the Annunaki
Cindy Baker & Megan Morman, BenBen Brothel - A bed away from home
Mary-Anne McTrowe, Welcome Back Ye Annunaki Potluck
Serena Kataoka, Live stream of sensory deprevation chamber
Robin Kirkpatrick, Welcoming (from the grave) thank you note from Albert to the Annunaki
Rhonda Usipiuk, Paper Peace Garden(s)
Josh Koppel & Robert Gallup, Artifact -Writing machine
Shawn Shepherd, Lunch Tablet
Description of project from call for proposals
There is a curious version of the human story that comes from the pseudo-archeologist Zecharia Sitchin, who claims that humanity is a product of alien intervention, genetically engineered by a race called the Annunaki. Sitchin claims that the story of the Annunaki is engraved on the clay tablets of the ancient Sumerian people, along with details of the planet they come from, called Nibiru or Planet X. According to Sumerian myth, Nibiru is on a long elliptical orbit that brings it into proximity with our solar system only once every 3,600 years. If the Sumerian myths prove correct, the winter solstice of 2012 may mark the return of the Annunaki as Nibiru re-enters proximity to the Earth. The science and the story may be contested, but we might nonetheless wonder what it might mean if these gods of ancient times returned to a world they helped to create—even if such a story exists only in our imaginations.
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki invites gestures of hospitality: host families willing to open their homes, hearts, and imaginations, to guests from another world. One might think of an ancient alien as an imaginary friend waiting to be made, an ethereal companion to whom one might extend a spirit of Earthly generosity and community. The idea of hosting ancient aliens is—in this way—a questioning of our own personal space, speculating on what it means to make it accessible to others, and in so doing expose us to a larger imaginary community. This act of hospitality is meant as a way to reveal to us, and our own community, the biases and assumptions that we hold close to our heads and hearts, as our ways of being in the world. In the spirit of cultural exchange, this exhibition seeks to bring together communities—real and imaginary—in a celebration of home and Earthly hospitality.
About Noxious Sector
Ted Hiebert and Doug Jarvis collaborate as part of Noxious Sector Arts Collective, a formalized forum for informal inquiry. Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector attempts to redefine the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating forums for dialogue and discourse.
Welcome Back Ye Annunaki was part of the HomeStay project. Please visit the following links for more information: