The Wandering Bears have kept me intrigued throughout the BPF, not just with their name but also because they combine physical elusiveness with a strong online presence. They are both dispersed and focused. On the opening night we wanted to meet them, all full of our own expectations and anticipation, but only one made an appearance. The fascination with the bears continues.
‘The five central stars of the Great Bear (or The Plough) show very similar motions in space, a hint that they form a physical association or maybe even an open star cluster, the closest cluster known” ( www.allthesky.com)
The Film Sleeper features the artist dressed as a bear wandering through an Art Gallery in Berlin:
“As a bear I don’t claim any special knowledge. Only that which I have experienced and how it lead me here (…). The secret of a successful hibernation is a matter of provisions and a plausible disguise. At night I am examined for authenticity, during the day I pass unnoticed. The bears in the zoo are the last of their kind, as they are no longer allowed to breed.” Mark Wallinger, 2005
This film documents the life of Timothy Treadwell, an eco warrior , environmentalist and documentary film maker who preferred bears to humans, and ended up being killed by them.