Humans make objects, objects shape humanity; digital photograph compilation; various people with terracotta kylix with red, black and white terra sigillata; A0 paper size, 841x 1189 mm; 2019; S. Thole

The reliance of the human species on objects for its survival is unique in the animal world. Prehistoric evidence for the use of tools as a part of our evolution extends back at least 3.3 million years. But did human evolution create objects or did the objects shape human evolution? Both answers are true. ‘Humans make objects, objects shape humanity’  looks at this reciprocity using an Ancient Greek kylix as its protagonist.
The primary use of a kylix was as a wine-drinking cup at symposiums. On the external surface large Dionysos-eyes are depicted, named after the Greek god of wine, fertility and theatre. Drinking from this vessel activates the artwork, as it turns the cup into a mask and the drinker into a cup.