When I first began this work, I was reading a lot of myths. I had, and probably still have, the possibly naive assumption that these legends and myths might function as kind of primal stories, from which all contemporary movies, TV sit-coms and novels emerge. It is the oldest story known to us, the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, and it struck a resonant chord in me. This tale is sexy, action-packed, mysterious, gentle, brutal and spiritual. It speaks of, among other things, relationships between nature and culture, people and civilization versus animals and nature and about immortality and death. The old story dealt with many of these themes simultaneously in a way that seems very contemporary, in a way that has a lot of relevance to a lot of things that we’re thinking about now.

  Many of these concerns came again to the surface and were widely discussed during the Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America. It seems to me that this was a period when most of the ideas that we live with now, most of the concepts and feelings we think are so "modern" -- like nature being beautiful and cities being ugly, like the assumption that God is a part of Nature, and Man not being a part of that Nature -- once again became common currency. Our ideas about the concept of progress, about work, machines, sex, love and the spirit were largely generated during the advent of machine culture. It’s strange to see that we believe most of the same things now, even though this industrial culture is on it’s way out. It’s even to the point of being preserved in museums.