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DELIVERING A DEAD AND ROTTING WHALE ON ST. MARKS SQUARE AT THE BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2013

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  • 1. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®
  • 2. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 1Getting the whaleAs an artist I have the duty not only to make pretty things, but also to use art as a way of communicating things that are going wrong.So when I strolled around the mediterranean sea in morocco right across the spanish coast of almeria - I suddenly found a whale whodied because he was poisoned with the garbage that is produced by the local industry.
  • 3. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 2 – where we ´arhhYesterday we found a stranded whale on a beach in Morocco - right across Almeria.Today the Investor told us everythings ready to get the carcass en route.
  • 4. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®Today the Investor told us everything isready. So we started our attempt to getthe carcass en route to venice. As wedid, I remembered an indian adventure,where we were at goa and some localfishermen asked us if we wanted to gowhalewathcing. Happily we said yes andso after fivehundred rupees we sat ntheir boat and went offshore.After five minutes and approximatelyhundred meters into the sea, the captainstopped and said: “Look over there,dolphins“ and we looked, and there wasnothing...no movement, no fountain, justsome brown water moving.„SO you did see dolphin, now lets goback“ he said.This was the moment where I realisedthat what you see of a whale is mostlynothing else than some blowing, fromtime to time a finn, untill he dies and youcan see the bigger picture.
  • 5. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®Otherwise we were afraid he would might end like all of his tiny relatives...because children are all the same, searching for the next bigbouncy thing
  • 6. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®Since the Whale being stranded in Africa, it was no Problem to rent some local fishermen and their pets to help us...
  • 7. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®So we got some Caterpillars and ...
  • 8. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®
  • 9. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®We lifted it onto a truck, to bring it to venice for the intervention BEINGWHALE on the 55th biennale di venezia
  • 10. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 3 - Bringing it to VeniceOf course the whale was already starting to rott, and since we are existing in a globally connected worldscape africa nowsells istressources exclusively to china – otherwise it wouldnt be efficiently profitable,so we first had to wait for the chinese contractors to arrive,therefore quite soon it became so smelly, that we had to put it back into the sea. not to attract any unwanted attention through nosybystanders and stupid regulations that were enforced by the local police.
  • 11. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®But after some kilometres, suddenly on top of a speed bump, the rotten gasbuilding up inside the whale exploded for the first time and the whole street was covered with intestines...quite nasty and thats just startin
  • 12. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 4 - Meanwhile the media grasped a whiff of the rotten whale and the project came into public attention.Therefore we made a press release: BEINGWHALE - DELIVERING A DEAD AND ROTTING WHALE ON ST. MARKS SQUARE AT THEBIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2013 „ART - A ROTTEN WHALE - DECOMPOSING ON A LEVEL OF ELITARY BULLSHIT- DISINTEGRATINGON NOWADAYS DISCOURSES “ - „NOWADAYS ART AND ARTISTS ARE SOLEMNENLY LEVIATHANS DECAYING LIKE MOBYDICK, ON THE SEARCH FOR A NEW AHAB - WASTING AWAY THE LIVES FOR THE MARKETS, THIS SYSTEM OF BLOWN UPCARCASSES WILL BURST INTO A PESTILLENT EXPLOSION OF BLUBBER AND MEAT“
  • 13. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 5 - encyclopedical excourses
  • 14. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®Throughout History the Leviathan, Moby Dick, Jonas and the Whale – all through the centuries, whales have filled us with shock andawe, for their strength, for their enormous size and nevertheless as an Image of unconquerable nature.
  • 15. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®So whenever a whale is stranded/beached, a hell lot of people want wo see it with their own eyes, and stear at the sheer amount of deadanimal.
  • 16. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®Now with BEINGWHALE these memes come together to form an new kind of myth, at the historical site where there are somemodifications to do. First of all we have to empty la piazza di san marco for the delivery, so no one gets in the way of our artpiece.=To transform the dead carcass by giving it back the purpose and meaning as a former living being – A BEINGWHALE
  • 17. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®Therefore we also have to move the pillars with markus´lion so that we can pass through directly form the sea. See images below.This Intervention is against the ongoing slaughter of whales. Officially proclaimed as research, hundreds of whales are killed anddelivered to japanese restaurants where they dont find customers and get disposed.This leads to another species extinct in your garbage can. These are the last of the peacefully giants...and were not humans if we led thishappen.
  • 18. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®WE ARE CUTTING OUR OWN TWIG THAT WE´RE SITTING, IF THEY DIE WE WON´T SURVIVE MUCH LONGER, LIKE THEDINOSAURS, EVERY FORM OF LIVE WILL BECOME EXTINCT THROUGH AN EVER GROWING MARKET - SO THATS WHY WEREBEINGWHALEPlanned to take place on the 01 of June at 12 o´clock, a dead whale will be delivered on saint marks square by the chinese media artistren fah. This intervention should raise awareness and be seen as a metaphor for the ongoing destruction of earth while the elusive eliteand its pet the art scene. Biennale is pleasent art – fishing for compliments.
  • 19. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 6 – Hope of DELIVERANCEThis is where the whale is going to come to The weather in Venice is nice at this time of the year...The symbolic gap between real and reality, between the things you think and the things you get to know by others showed up andfinished the cartesian paradigm. Every act appears as Transsubstantiation - via a possible form of immanation (socially / symbolically /technically) – an imagined Logic generates subjectively constructed forms of truths, or at least thats what the fundamentalists call it.NOBODY KNEW WHAT WOULD BE COMING ... BUT then - through the media the whole city was alerted and an angry mob started toriot against this intervention.
  • 20. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®This constructed Reality – as an artform is risky business, but with the antinomies of postmodernism – everyone should be enabled bythe media to see through these strategies. Thats what we thought...but in the End It was like in 1968 or later in the seventies –the piazzadi san marco crowded with Protesters from all over the world. Furthermore they became really personal with their critique – as you mightsee on the following pages, they made stickers that remembered me of –no dog allowed signs, and spread them all over the city.
  • 21. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®The flyers and buttonsWebsites and facebook groups
  • 22. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®ATTENZIONE - Un´artista folle ha intenzione di uccidere una balena a Venezia.ALLORA - noi abbiamo bisogno di una manifestazione di protesta contro l´artistarenfah.Ricattare una balena e fare arte con schifo e spavento...Una trovata meschina e codarda che giochicchia col dolore degli Animali,principalmente per sensibilizzare sul mondo che va a rotoli.E sempre la stessa storia, un artista vuole superare laltro, ma stavolta il cattivo gustodella biennale di questanno, specialmente tramite un artista che vuole insudiciare lanostra bella città Venezia .Quale istituzione può sentirsi così al di sopra del dolore e decidere del la morte di unanimale con la sola intenzione di soddisfarsi tramite i cosiddetti mass media e larte.E impertinente, di pessimo gusto, disonorevole...E una vergognaE veramente necessario perdere tempo con questa cosa?Larte, ormai, non è più che un disgustoso divertimento di spregevoli personedisumane...E questa dovrebbe essere arte?LUOGO ET ORARIO DELLA MANIFESTATIONE - il primo giugno a 12 orain piazza san marcoATTENTION - An Artist is going to kill a whale in Venice.THEN - we need a protest against this artist called ren fah.WHEN - June 1 at 12:00 on piazza san marco.
  • 23. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®DAY 7 -Everything should explode...Like in the famous predecess cases - covering the streets with slime and blubber from the carcass
  • 24. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®nevertheless they hated us ...as if we where some oceancruiserOr even worse, some pigeon lovering tourists this is where we had to replace the statues of marks lion
  • 25. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®SO we were not allowed to come to the city of venezia. Although our cause was just and our mind was clear, we couldn´t convinceneither the biennale, nor the city. Therefore we had to dump the carcass at the lido.
  • 26. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®so we had to put it back onto the beach to continue our journey to venice in parts
  • 27. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®and all we took was just a tiny piece to bring it to piazza san marco on the first of june at 12 o clock sharp.
  • 28. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®but in the end the carcass went by and since then - floated through every aqua alta, as a steady reminder of what happened to the world.
  • 29. BEINGWHALE BLOGBUCH © 2013 renfah ®