Instagram reality game show The Mercury Theatre is coming to a close in its final week commencing May 30 and ending on June 5.
The game —co-ordinated by Paris-based artist Elsa Philippe —has run since its launch on February 1 with contestants being eliminated every week according to the amount of likes each anonymous player receives for their posts on the mobile social networking site.
While the names of the participants involved were given before the game began, such as Emilie Gervais and Porpentine, the players played with anonymous Instagram accounts. Now on its final stretch, just two artists remain: @exoticos_paris and @erobotism.
The two finalists will be assigned a challenge by Marianne Derrien —one on Monday and one on Wednesday. There is an additional jury, composing some of the curators who already contributed, that will determine the winner, on top of the number of vote-via-likes from the public, with polls open until midnight Sunday June 5 @the_mercury_theatre.
See The Mercury Theatre’s facebook page for a moment-by-moment archive of the ins-and-outs of the challenges set, as well as each player, the strange elimination notifications, the shaming for posting late, and mini-announcements of ‘like’-awarding as the game has continued to unfold with a number of dedicated followers over the past few months.
Keep a close eye on The_Mercury_Theatre Instagram, where the action will take place this week.**