On the 99th anniversary of its sinking, The Titanic will sink again... sort of. Art will imitate the real life event on April 14th, when artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster introduces a site-specific staged audience experience in the Guggenheim's rotunda, "inspired by this historic event and wherein the audience plays a role." To accompany the visuals, Gavin Bryars's The Sinking of the Titanic will be at the core of the installation, performed by The Wordless Music Orchestra. There will be two boarding times, 8:40 and 10:40 p.m.
As the Observer reports, there will be recorded foghorns, a lifeboat suspended from the skylight, and stewards rushing passengers on to one of three "decks." First class guests (higher paying ticket holders) will be placed higher up, and have the best chances of "surviving" the evening.
Charles Fabius, the show's producer, told the site that the evening "is not a gimmick. Most projects [about the Titanic] have been sensational—the movie, traveling exhibitions—but this is really a very poetic project. It's very subtle." They also note that Benjamin Guggenheim (brother of Solomon) lost his life drowning after the crash. But still..?