15 MIN. OF FAME (2013)
"A church is normally a building intended for public worship," explains Herck. "A church exists, so to speak, as long as man exists. And yet the last few years we have seen a dramatic exodus from the churches. If this movement continues, churches will be completely empty in a few years. While the church still plays an important role in society.”
“The exodus from the churches is also the most clear result of a widespread secularisation, a consequence of the fact that people are increasingly oriented towards the world, the earth, rather than towards an otherworldly, transcendent reality. But the Church, as I said, fulfills a feature and you cannot just take that away. Therefore, nowadays there are other things like institutions, organisations, even political parties which respond to the same function. One of the principal substitutes of the Church is modern media, television in the lead, followed by new social media such as Facebook. However, it is all too easy to forget that mankind is very susceptible to a preconceived truth.” Hence Herck’s project.
As the title of his project explains: Thomas Aquinas is an important church-father and the founder of the Catholic Church doctrine. Beside, the renowned ‘15 minutes of fame’ is a statement of the popular artist Andy Warhol, which means that anyone can be famous. Partly thanks to new (social) media.
"What I want to convey with the title of my project and with my artwork is that in earlier times the Church imposed how we should make art and create things, while modern man today is only easily charmed and convinced by television and social media. Call this project a reminder,” concludes Herck.