A road show
In the summer of 2017, 7 members of the performance group toxic dreams toured the wilderness of Austria in search of the Austrian Whale. The political, the cultural, the geographical, the sociological, the economical, and the peculiar whale.
Their journey took them through the whole 8 provinces. (Vienna, the ninth province, got its own tour.) They travelled from one geographical middle point to another, celebrating both the local human and natural landscape of each particular province.
They pretended to be sailors of the Austrian sea, although in all actuality they travelled in an RV, documenting their findings along the way.
They did white water rafting, they joined a literary festival, they sang to random cattle on the road, they made cheese, they danced the hula around the Upper Austria middle point monument, they visited the Austrian space agency (yes, there is one), they performed a theatrical scene in a forest for no one in particular, they joined the circus for around 1 hour.
To aid them in their search for the Austrian Whale, they used the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Sailors: Markus Zett, Susanne Gschwendtner, Isabella Händler, Peter Stamer, Michael Strohmann, Yosi Wanunu, Kornelia Kilga
Aug 28 – Sep 17, 2017/ all over Austria