Parry & Glynn's 'Tunnel Under the Venn Diagram' appears in an international exhibition of work by Welsh surrealists and their associates curated by poet David Greenslade at Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cyncoed Campus 19 Feb - 19 Apr 2018. 'Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi / Glorious Disgust' includes work by Hervé Constant, Desmond Morris, Sarah Rhys, Dagmar Štěpánková, John Welson and others. Private view with artists Friday 23 March 3-6pm.
The Venn Diagram was introduced by the philosopher John Venn in 1880, and the traditional diagram shows common areas between two propositions as overlapping. This approach indicates material and pragmatic approaches to thinking and culture, but the hitherto undiscovered Tunnel Under the Venn Diagram now links the centre of each area directly to other surrounding propositions in a dialectic and relational way. Greater potential is uncovered.
On the discovery of this tunnel the artists declared a conversational excursion on 19th and 20th century British attitudes to the philosophy of relationship and the nature of being human, calling into being the University of Wednesdays.
The founding of this university-between-all-the-others is recounted in a new pamphlet, 'Twenty-first Century Education - a Retrospective' by Chris Glynn. The University of Wednesdays and its tunnels offer the idea that people participate in each other, in society and in the world at a very deep level, beneath pragmatic and material concerns, and that the middle of the week is an ideal starting place for informal discussion. Institutions, bodies and individuals can benefit from thinking and reading about the University of Wednesdays and the Tunnel Under the Venn Diagram when communicating.
Parry and Glynn's 3D model of the tunnel was installed last summer at Newport Cathedral as part of 'In Their Footsteps', a celebration of the Chartists' legacy.