PROYECTO FILOCTETES: LEMNOS EN BERLÍN
22 hyperrealistic bodies are furtively placed at 9 am, November 5, 2004 in the streets of Berlin. 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, resulting in the selection of locations such as Alexander Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Potsdamer Platz, Reichstag, Ostbahnhof, Gendarmen Markt, Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse, Zoologisches Garten, etc. The bodies are placed so as to be discovered by an unaware audience at the beginning of their workday. They take different positions and situations, like prostrated in the street, sitting asleep at the entrance of a museum, hanging from a tree, fallen on the sidewalk over a puddle of blood or vomit, etc. Each body is managed by a team of three people (hidden from sight): a technical or production manager in charge of looking after the puppet position, in case it gets moved by a bystander, police, etc., and also a liaison with the project’s head team (to contact other teams, or authorities in case of incidents, etc.); And two people in charge of visual and sound documentation (video recording, photographs, sound recording of reactions or indifference of passers-by, police interventions, comments, etc.) during the whole time the object remains at the location. This edition of the project involves nearly 60 people. All documentation the teams gather during the event is to be analyzed within a workshop carried out in the days following the intervention.
The visual and sound material is compiled in audio, photo and DVD format, and displayed on the Seitenbühne of the Berliner Festspiele hall. On the opening night of the exhibition, an open roundtable is held simultaneously, with the participation of the Berlin Festival director, a cultural journalist from a Berlin radio, the legal representative of the city Police Department (invited to explain the reason for interrupting the experience after barely three hours), in addition to Emilio García Wehbi and Maricel Álvarez (artistic producer of the Argentine team).