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.