On view at the Getty Research Institute is “The Metaphysics of Maritime Sentience,” a durational, time-based, living work by artist-in-residence Hugh Vbin Phooled.
Many visitors seem to confuse the work with an aquarium, but it is much more.
This seemingly inconspicuous “tank” is an investigation of sense, memory, and the human experience of marine wildlife. After initial observations, the artist will then enter the receptacle and live with the sea creatures such as sea stars, jellyfish, and moray eels for the remainder of his residence to document the creatures’ habits.
These findings will then culminate in an ephemeral work that will be cast out to sea, bringing the project full circle.
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