THE LEVIATHAN'S PLAYING
Cycle of artistic expeditions and multidisciplinary research with gray whales.
Since time immemorial, cetaceans have captivated the human imagination, but they have also been victims of misunderstanding and ambition. The Leviathan's Playing is a reciprocal initiative. Faced with the impossible intelligibility, the 'playing' renounces to the 'understanding'. The cycle reveals itself against the biblical warning that says that tenderness is not possible in face of the sea giant (Job, 41), and thus, builds a bond based on gestures, rhythms, and emotions.
The cycle has developed a series of art-science investigations carried out in the winter sanctuaries of gray whales, based on non-invasive mediation strategies with this species. Starting from the hypothesis that attributes cultural capacities to different cetaceans (Rendell & Whitehead, 2001), The Leviathan's Playing has tested forms of interaction and reading of the seascape focused on the observation and understanding of the Eschrichtius robustus from a lyrical and performative approach.
Fotografía: Fernando Martín Velazco y Paco Jiménez Franco