Warscapes aka The Warrior Evolution
Site specific installation in deserted wine-cave,Langenlois /M21, Austria
2,5 millions of years ago, a new creature make its appearance in the African savannas. It was tall, it was walking on two legs and it has a well-developed brain-called Lucy the Australopithecus.
The ancestors of today’s warrior are: Homo habilis (skilful man) who knows how to make tools and weapons out of stone, Homo erectus (vertical man) who had discovered the fire and the Cro-Magnon people. Today’s warrior is looking like them (?!).
At the beginning there were few warriors. They were living in caves in small nomads groups with their families. The weapons- daggers, axes, arrows –made from stone, bone, were serving them to hunt and to defence themselves from the wild animals attack. They were walking almost naked and in winter they have covered themselves with fur from the hunted animals.
Thanks to agriculture, animal breeding and the discovery of fire, the warriors have started to feed themselves better and became stronger and much numerous. They started to build houses and to form villages. And then they have started to want more products and so it appeared the commerce. They have built bigger homes and some of them even fortified castles, they have made cities and divided territories in countries. And then they have elected leaders and started to fight for power and fertile territories good for agriculture and for the economy advance. The weapons evolution and diversification have started here: sharp daggers and swords made of iron, bows with arrows made of iron with poison on the sharp end of the arrow, tridents, maces, crossbows, helmets and armours for defence.