CATHARSIS OF NEPTUN was a site-specific* performance-based installation presented within Komiža New Media Port (Video Vortex Summer School) 2011 in Komiža, Vis, Croatia on 30.8.2011. After delivering a pilot performance at the „Boris Mardešić“ town gallery, where – in terms of a pilot performance – 0,7 liters of seawater was actually drank infront of the Komiža New Media Port participants, the installation was presented at the seafront riva, both in the Komiža dialect and in English, following these (Fluxus-inspired) guidelines:
„Take seawater on the Neptun factory waterfront. Gather good people from across Komiza, make them sit in half circle. Take a seat facing them, give each one a cup, take one yourself. Fill cups with seawater. Looking straight into people's eyes, dip finger into your cup and draw a tiny circle in the middle of your forehead ten times. Lick finger clean. Repeat such circling two times: between nose and upper lip, and below lower lip, always licking finger clean. Then raise cup, cheering to the people, still looking straight into their eyes. Drink the entire cup in small sips. Drink up two more cups of seawater, remain in eyecontact. Make sure all empty cups are immediately filled up again. While drinking, play the hit song "More, more" by Meri Cetinić. Finish drinking when song stops. Secure enough drinking water from Kamenice beach, and toilets nearby.«
*"Neptun" was the biggest factory in Komiža, presently its dilapidated premises are owned by an international investment company. The fish-processing plant had united several smaller local companies, reaching back to a rich fishing history and know-how, it used to be the economic pride of Komiža...
Concept by pETER Purg, in collaboration with Ivana Franičević.
Special thanks to Anja Sušanj and Dinko Božanić for valuable assistance, as well as Sandra Sterle for inspiration.
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