Days Seven / Eight Streaming Videos

After some early morning preparations, Day Seven began at 11am on Saturday morning and ended well into Day Eight at 6am on Sunday morning. In the nineteen hours I worked, I continued to adhere parts of Amber Doll's "breadbowled" damaged flesh onto Tilikum's skeleton (made from Amber Doll's) and the foam filler I created in his shape (made up of Amber Doll's chest cavity, thighs, arms, and calves).

As Tilikum began to take form, I adhered Amber Doll's skin to the silicone flesh I had alredy adhered to the skeleton / foam filler.

I photographed several steps of the process on my iPhone.

***THE FINALE will be Livestreamed: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 7pm cst. I'll be painting Tilikum and creating his teeth by dremeling them out of Amber Doll's skull).***

Please help me spread the word. Below is a FB/Twitter-ready post:

THE FINALE will be Livestream'd: TUESDAY at 7pm cst. See Tilikum come to life! http://bit.ly/rF6UIq

After Sunday's ban on Ustream, I have lasted six days on Livestream. All five streaming clips from Days Seven / Eight are below (also on Vimeo):

TILIKUM

Tilikum complete (pre-painting)

I transformed Amber Doll's severely damaged silicone flesh, PVC skeleton, and steel-infused joints into a small replica of the bull orca, Tilikum, who lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando and has been involved in the deaths of three people.

A post that includes embedded videos for Day Seven will follow, as will a follow-up performance involving my painting my TIlikum replica and adding his teeth.

Day Six Streaming Videos

Today I continued to use Amber Doll's damaged PVC skeleton to finish Tilikum's skeleton. I adhered pieces of the the foam filler that made up her cheast cavity, thighs, arms, and calves to the skeleton to start fleshing out the shape of Tilikum. I then began to adhere pieces of her silicone to the foam filler—all on my doll disassembly/whale assembly table. After Sunday's ban on Ustream, I have lasted five days on Livestream. All four streaming clips are below (also on Vimeo):

At 2pm cst Jeffrey Ventre MD, former Senior Trainer at Shamu Stadium (1987-1995) Skyped in to Amber Doll > Tilikum. Ventre is co-author of of the critical paper Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity (along with John S. Jett, Visiting Research Professor at Stetson University). Jeffrey Ventre worked with Tilikum during 1994-95 and now takes an evidence-based approach to marine mammal activism.

At 2:30pm cst Samantha Berg, also a former Sea World Trainer (1990-93) joined the conversation. Berg was working at Shamu Stadium the day Tilikum arrived at SeaWorld Orlando after he was moved from SeaLand of the Pacific (Victoria Canada) where he was involved in the death of trainer, Keltie Byrne. Berg is now an acupuncturist and the owner of an acupuncture center in Palmer, Alaska.

I have a great number of links to post following-up on the conversation and will do so on Sunday. In the meantime, I have posted just a few below today's streaming videos. (The first hour of streamed video was not recorded but I am shooting with five cameras so a long-form edited version of the performance will be available for exhibition soon.)

Skyping with Jeffrey Ventre and Samantha Berg

 

Links following-up on my conversation with Jeffrey Ventre and Samantha Berg:
Dorsal Fin Collapse in Killer Whale Explained

Voice of the Orcas

Death at SeaWorld

Former Trainer Says Killer Whale Captivity Causes Attacks

Day Five Streaming Videos

Today I disasembled Amber Doll's damaged PVC skeleton to create Tilikum's skeleton. I also began to sketch out the "forearm/breast" tail on my doll disassembly/whale assembly table. After Sunday's ban on Ustream, I have lasted four days on Livestream. All seven streaming clips are below (also on Vimeo):

****Tomorrow at 2pm cst Jeffrey Ventre MD, former Senior Trainer at Shamu Stadium (1987-1995) will Skype in to Amber Doll > Tilikum. Ventre is co-author of of the critical paper Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity (along with John S. Jett, Visiting Research Professor at Stetson University). Jeffrey Ventre worked with Tilikum during 1994-95 and now takes an evidence-based approach to marine mammal activism.

At 2:30pm cst Samantha Berg, also a former Sea World Trainer (1990-93) will join the conversation. Berg was working at Shamu Stadium the day Tilikum arrived at SeaWorld Orlando after he was moved from SeaLand of the Pacific (Victoria Canada) where he was involved in the death of trainer, Keltie Byrne. Berg is now an acupuncturist and the owner of an acupuncture center in Palmer, Alaska.****

Please spread the word widely about the above. If you have a blog or tumblr account and would like to promote the event, please pull any image you'd like from blog.amberhawkswanson.com and link to livestream.com/amberhawkswanson  Here is a Facebook and Twitter-ready announcement:

starting 2p CST FRI, "Amber Doll > Tilikum" http://bit.ly/rF6UIq: Skype Call with former SeaWorld Trainers > Marine Mammal activists

Still Images December 16, 2011 (Day Five)

Day Four Streaming Videos

This morning I received a massage while Amber Doll's parts watched from an adjacent table. Viewers were invited to photograph themselves or their computer screens while they watched. A submission from artist Man Bartlett:

In the afternoon I "breadbowled" Amber Doll's damaged torso in order to complete the belly button > blowhole transformation. I also hollowed Amber Doll's breasts so they can become Tilikum's tail. After Sunday's ban on Ustream, I have lasted three days on Livestream.

Day Three Streaming Videos

Day Three Portrait

Today I disasembled Amber Doll's damaged PVC skeleton, and styrofoam filler and continued to lay her parts on my doll disassembly/whale assembly table. After Sunday's ban on Ustream, I have lasted two days on Livestream where we streamed without audio in the morning but got it resolved in time for a Skype Meeting with Matt Krivicke, Sinthetics in the afternoon. All three clips are below (also on Vimeo):

Production Still