PROYECTO FILOCTETES: LEMNOS EN BUENOS AIRES
On November 15, 2002, 23 hyperrealistic bodies are furtively located in the City of Buenos Aires, from 8 am to 3 pm. Locations where bodies were to be placed were selected according to a detailed analysis of the geographical, historical, and symbolic contents of the city. The expected incidence in the these locations’ regular passers-by was also considered into the criteria. Callao & Corrientes corner, Tribunales, Congreso, Abasto Shopping Mall, Retiro Train Station, Fortabat Building, Pilar Church, Plaza Serrano, Facultad de Derecho (Law School), Botanical Gardens, etc. The way bodies are set is meant to be discovered by an off-guard audience at early hours of the workday. Positions and situations ranged widely: prostrate in the street, sitting asleep at the entrance of a museum, hanging from a tree, on a stain of blood or vomit on a sidewalk, etc. Each body is supervised by a 3-member team (hidden from sight): one technical or production manager responsible for looking after the position of the body in case of being moved by a bystander, police, etc.; this person is also a liaison with the head of the project (to contact authorities in case of incident); and the other two team-members, in charge of visual and sound documentation (video and sound recording, photographs, of any reactions or indifference on behalf of passers-by, police intervention, comments, etc.) for the whole time the object sits in place. About 70 people are involved in this edition of the project. All documentation gathered by the teams during the event is analyzed in a workshop carried out in the days following the intervention.
The visual and sound material, compiled in audio, photo and video formats, is exhibited at the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center, production partner of the event held in Buenos Aires. At the same time, a public discussion is organized with participation of sociologist Horacio González, theater writer and director Luis Cano, art critic María Teresa Constantin, and E. García Wehbi. Finally, a book is published summarizing and presenting the experience records.