BANNED ON USTREAM

"amberhawkswanson banned due to violating Terms of Service."

I'm working on getting back to live streaming.

If you have connections to anyone who administers a website that features a live stream or suggestions on another platform, please put me in touch: amber@amberhawkswanson.com.

I've uploaded the f4v files that UStream's software saved to my desktop before banning my account.

 

*Update, the response from UStream:

Hello,

Unfortunately, it does not matter that the doll is not a real nude person. We
do not allow nudity of any kind to be broadcast on our site. This includes
artistic works, medical streams, sex toys, and silicone dolls. The fact that
this doll is anatomically correct places it in the category of nudity and is a
violation of our terms of service. Our site has an age limit of 13, so we
cannot be as objective as one might hope. No warnings are given because it is
expected that users understand these terms before broadcasting.

Regards,

Josh

Tilikum Research Excerpts

Tilikum lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando and has been involved in the deaths of three people—two of them his own trainers. Tilikum most recently made headlines after a February 24, 2010 incident when he killed Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer with sixteen years of experience at SeaWorld. Tilikum drowned Brancheau following a popular “Dine with Shamu” show while tourists continued to watch from above and below the tank.

The doumentary A Fall From Freedom was of great value to my early research on Tilikum. Below is an excerpt that explains the history of Tilikum's captivity. You can watch the entire film for free on YouTube or purchase it as I did, to support its creators, EarthView Productions.

Below are links I found helpful in my early reseach on Tilikum:

Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity
Center for Whale Research

Ric O'Berry's Dolphin Project
BlueVoice
OrcaLab
Na-Wha-Re
The Orca Project
Orca Tracker

SeaWorld Orlando

In July of 2011—four months after Tilikum was placed back into performing in shows after thirteen months of near-solitary confinement following Branchaeu's death—I reluctantly traveled to SeaWorld Orlando to experience a day in as close proximity as possible to Tilikum, despite my desire to not financially support SeaWorld and its practices in any way. I continue to feel conflicted about having paid for my admission and participated in the system that supports marine mammal captivity, but was compelled to see Tilikum and his surroundings for myself. Below is an excerpt from my visit to Shamu Stadium where I saw Tilikum perform in two hour-long shows to a packed stadium of summer-time tourists.

Amber Hawk Swanson Interviews Matt Krivicke, Sinthetics

Above: Matt and Amber at Sinthetics post-Tilikum planning session

I am delighted to once again work with Matt Krivicke, Sculptor of the super realistic, fully articulated life size silicone manikin makers, Sinthetics. Matt created Amber Doll in 2007 (he sculpted the face and did finish details on Amber Doll, who was made by RealDoll) and has since become a good friend. I had the chance to sit down with him to discuss his work and its parallels with my own after a recent Tilikum transformation planning session in Los Angeles (October, 2011).

Check out Matt's sculpting work at Sinthetics.com.

Amber Doll > Tilikum

Above: Amber Doll Damaged (Brooklyn Studio), Summer 2011
Below: Tilikum at Shamu Stadium

To further explore ideas surrounding the substitute, my current work with Amber Doll involves transforming her 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. Tilikum most recently made headlines after a February 24, 2010 incident when he killed Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer with sixteen years of experience at SeaWorld. Tilikum drowned Brancheau following a popular “Dine with Shamu” show while tourists continued to watch from above and below the tank.

I will conduct the Amber Doll > Tilikum transformation December 11-17, 2011 under the instruction of Matt Krivicke of Sinthetics (Los Angeles) in my BOLT Residency Studio (West Loop, Chicago). Amber Doll’s parts will be used as both equivalent and non-equivalent parts of Tilikum resulting in an assemblage maintaining a reference to its materials.

The Amber Doll > Tilikum performance is closed to the public but will be live-streamed on my UStream Channel beginning at appriximately 11am CST daily.