The Human Aquarium 2018

Yorkshire Life Aquatic believes social empowerment starts with you.

Photo by Simon Hulme for Yorkshire Post

Photo by Simon Hulme for Yorkshire Post

The human aquarium is a new project which takes us on the journey experienced by confined sea mammals from their capture to training to performing in man-made tanks. We use Mer-folk (performers) in place of marine mammals, to expose how we have become desensitised to the realities of captivity and its effect on the animals. It also looks at our over dependence on plastics and their effects on the world's water sources.

The project parallels the hidden aspects of captivity with the emotive images to reconnect our relationship to animals and how they are treated. Using photography, film and live installations.

Exploring the links between audiences and the entertainment industry.  

The Sea world style Dolphin/Orca shows are still a multi-million pound industry, even with the success of documentary films as Black Fish and The Cove which expose the cruel realities suffered by the sea mammals.

We substitute perforMERs in place of dolphins and orcas to subvert the mammal’s journey and reflect on our exploitation of the oceans in which we all play a role.

Photo by Lizzie Coombes 2015 at Bramley Baths

Photo by Lizzie Coombes 2015 at Bramley Baths

Simply by buying a ticket to see a show makes us implicit in perpetuating the funding of this industry. What is the real price of performance?

We be sign posting the public to our partner organisations The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me to find out what else they can do to help cetaceans and our environment.

If you would like to find out more about this project there are various ways to help, Please contact for more details.


Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)


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