PROYECTO FILOCTETES: LEMNOS EN VIENA
23 hyperrealistic bodies are furtively located in the city of Vienna, at 9 am, on May 28, 2002. Locations where bodies were to be placed were selected according to a detailed analysis of the geographical, historical and symbolic contents of this city. The expected incidence in the passers-by corresponding to these locations was also considered into the criteria. Although municipal permit wouldn’t allow to place the bodies within the area known as the "ring" (city’s historical and tourist center, where, for example, the famous Heldenplatz is located), the locations scatter around districts 3 to 16, which do grant authorization.
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 blood or vomit puddle 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, by the police, etc.; this person is also a liaison with the head of the project (to contact authorities in case of incidents); 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 artists from different parts of Europe - Russia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Austria - were invited to be part of the project.
All records the different teams gathered during the event were to be analyzed in the framework of a workshop carried out in the following days after the intervention. The visual and sound material was compiled in audio and photo format, and displayed in the project’s workshop space at the Wiener Festwochen.
The day after the intervention, a round-table discussion was held with the attendance of project participants, Festival Director and Emilio García Wehbi. On June 5, a public exhibition and discussion about the experience takes place.