Hercules' Twelve Labours Today
On Saturday 30th March 2019 The Hercules Project delivered Hercules' Twelve Labours Today at the University of Leeds' open research event, the Be Curious festival, which in 2019 adopted the theme 'Brave New World'. In ancient myth, Hercules made people safe from monsters. Recently he has been re-imaged as a coloniser and a political leader. At Hercules' Twelve Labours Today participants decided whether and how Hercules could improve the world by referring to those images and drawing a new Labour on a postcard. To support artistic choices there will be a number of images on display and available as research resources (both in print and online, e.g. the Hercules Project Pinterest pages). These images will include ancient depictions, Disney's interpretation of the labours, the series by Marian Maguire, which reimagines Hercules as a coloniser of New Zealand (also available through the Royal Museums: Greenwich online gallery), the art honouring Vladimir Putin's 62nd birthday in 2014 and political and other cartoons. All images which will be on display (where copyright permits) are shown below. Postcards of Today's labours, which may relate to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, will be displayed on this website. These images are clickable (the target is the link text displayed) and will then show in a full version (i.e. a thumbnail of part of an image will produce a whole image).