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ATARGATIS – The last human from earth

Interactive art installation 

She is known to us as the last person that walked our earth. Some say that she was once a powerful goddess that guided the human race. The story says that the earth was on the bridge of collapse:  all the forests had burned and turned to desert, the oceans turned black and toxic , the sky red like fire and un-breathable. Most life was about to end. She was forgotten by most during the dark times but her last few followers were given passage to the world of Kanata and a chance to save the Human race. 


Her side of the story is that she’s just an old robot, possessed by the ghost of a girl that once lived in Montreal. As the world was ending, she heard a voice in her head that guided her on how to save the human race. She knew she couldn’t save her earth anymore, but the voice said to always keep hope. She dreamed of and built this magical portal that leads to Kanata. A select group of humans heard the same voices in their heads and were sent to her, they all made the jump having no idea what they would find on the other side.


Life on Kanata was rough to them, there are very few natural resources compared to earth, but they had survived and maybe there was still a chance. They still had each other, music, arts, love and most important hope. 


Atargatis has been our leader since our arrival on Kanata, for many years she helped our tribe survive on this cold planet. One day, in a terrible accident she almost died. The only way to save her was to turn most of her body to mechanical. She kept her soul and mind intact; she carried on her mission to save the human race. The ones that lived on Kanata, but also, kept dreaming about a way to save our earth. 


None of the other original humans are left, but they made sure to pass on their stories for generations. Only Atargatis was left behind, with her eternal body and her hope.

One day, she found a way to travel back in time to earth, with the goal of sharing some of our past mistakes, with the hope that maybe some will listen and change the dark future of earth. 


This human-size interactive statue greets the public inside the zone, interacts with them and presents the stories of Kanata, The Artefacts and the Gatekeepers. 


The experience depends on the spectator and can range from 1 min to 40 min. There are up to 12/15 different possible interactions with the statue which are structured like a game-book where you are the Hero. You’ll get a chance to learn how the world ended and how the last humans escaped to Kanata. If you can pass her tests and help her fix some of her issues, you might even be rewarded with a surprise. 


Material use(d): 

  • 1 recycled female mannequin body without head
  • 1 custom-made futuristic/apocalyptic suit – (cape TBC ? ) 
  • 1 16 en. Globe acrylic Transparent – 5,25 inch opening
  • 1 transparent skeleton head (3d printed ?) 
  • 5 step motor (model tbc) 
  • recycled bio-med equipment (air hoses equipment)
  • 1 small platform (plywood wood painted with LED and speakers under) 
  • Lots of LED for the body 
  • 3 sets of speakers + 1 ampli
  • 2 raspberry pie 
  • 3 power supply and long extension 


A women of a thousand faces 

Background story – who was ATARGATIS or ‘’Dercéto’’ ?? 

Atargatis is a Goddess of Syrian origin whose worship spread to Greece and Rome (and further). She is a Great Mother and Fertility Goddess of the Earth and Water, considered the main Goddess worshipped in Syria. Doves and fish are sacred to Her: doves as an emblem of the Love-Goddess, and fish as symbolic of the fertility and life of the waters. She is so closely identified with the fish that sometimes She was represented in the form of a mermaid–Her upper half that of a human female, Her lower a fish-tail—though She could also be represented in simple woman-form. 

Her priesthood was of the Oriental ecstatic type, rumoured to perform acts of self mutilation and self-castration, much like the priesthood of Cybele. Also like Cybele’s, the worship of Atargatis was practices with song, dance, and music of flutes and rattles, the worshippers working themselves to a frenzy. 

The worship of Atargatis spread to other parts of the Mediterranean, mostly brought by Syrian slaves. The Greeks called Her Derketo (an adapted form of “Atargatis”), and considered Her the chief Goddess of the Syrians. One Greek story says that Derketo was a nymph who loved a shepherd-boy; when She became pregnant by him She either killed him or threw Herself in a pool in shame, where She was changed to a fish. Another story says that Derketo was hatched from an egg that fell from heaven; it landed in the Euphrates river, where some fish nudged it to shore. There it was found by a dove, who incubated it. Later, to show Her gratitude, Derketo persuaded Zeus to put an image of the fish in the stars, which He did, creating the constellation Pisces. The daughter Derketo bore was Semiramis, (who built the Hanging Gardens), the famous Assyrian Queen of Legend, and who was worshipped in 

The Romans called Her Dea Syria, or in one word Deasura. Primarily she was a goddess of fertility.  “the Syrian Goddess” She is also known as the goddess of transformation who guides her followers to face their fears and their darkest selves so that they can love and appreciate all that they are.