REQUIEM FOR A WHALE
Performance-lecture at Kópavogur swimming pool
A continuation of Dances with Whales, performed at Cycle Music and Arts’ event Cryptopian States in Berlin (2018). The artist tells the tragic tale of the male orca Keiko (earlier Siggi and Kago; captured September, 1976). Keiko is most known for portraying Willy in the 1993 film Free Willy. In 1997, the artist traveled across America on pilgrimage to meet his fellow "Icelander" in Newport Oregon (on a quest to find the Holy Whale) in an attempt to find the missing bond between two mammals. Keiko travelled all over the world without swimming in the sea until he finally was released from captivity in 2002 outside the Icelandic Westman islands. The orca tragically died short thereafter in a Norwegian fjord in 2003.