Hyperreal Beached Whale in LondonJuxtapoz // Saturday, 22 Jun 2013
As part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a performance art piece was conducting by a group of artists posing as researchers as they "found" a "beached" whale on the shores of the Thames in Greenwich. The group, Captain Boomer, promptly removed the hyperreal whale and placed it at The Royal Naval College at Cutty Sark through June 29. (via)
The group states, "The psychological archetype of the dead big fish leaves no one untouched. It stirs and mobilizes a local community. During our beachings, we see an intensive interaction among the crowd. People address each other, speculate and wonder. They offer help and ask for information. The different layers of perception create funny games. Some audience members know it is a work of art but feed the illusion to other people. The sperm whale appeals to everyone, regardless of social or cultural background. It is the place where everyone gets together. That’s why it is vital it beaches on a public spot that is freely accessible."