Léann Herlihy, Stephen Lau, Mark O'Gorman, Ronan O'Reilly, & Paul McGrane
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They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it ...Old Testament, Book of Exodus, Verse 32
The term fetish originally described an inanimate object which people believed to contain supernatural power. Many cultures have produced talismans, statues, good-luck charms, and so on, which are said to possess some sort of spirit or magic. These objects may be used in ritual or religious rites, or be worshipped in their own right. The term was generally used to describe these kinds of objects from Africa in particular, which Western travellers found fascinating. The term is now primarily used in Western culture to refer to sexual attraction to an object rather than a person, as well as a broader infatuation with commodities such as money or status symbols.
For Stream’s second exhibition, STREAM asked the artists involved to produce work which considers the human tendency to worship; to elevate objects, ideas or people to semi-divine or miraculous status. They asked artists to contemplate the role of worship or superstition within our current Western culture and our future culture, from a religious or secular perspective.