Heads or Ships
Audio Installation, 2018
Narration: Clemente Lohr and Reece Pantry
In this installation, the audience is invited to eavesdrop
on a conversation between two bored, sunken sculpture heads
on the bottom of the Adriatic Sea.
The title of the work 'Heads or Ships' is linked to the origins of coin tossing, a game dating back to the Roman times. During this historical period there was still an emperor portrayed on one side of the coin and a ship on the other. After hearing about this name, I imagined two sunken roman sculpture heads on the bottom of the ocean and ships floating above them. During seven minutes, the two heads discuss the history of coin tossing and the likelihood of a coin falling on one side for seventy-seven times in a row, as referred to in the 1966 play ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead’. Wandering the borders between fiction and reality and discussing the connection between sleeplessness and coin tossing, the script ends like a Greek tragedy and the two heads dissapear, leaving the visitor slightly unsatisfied.