Silent Whale Letters by Ella Finer & Vibeke Mascini

24 Jun 2023 3-7.30pm


To mark the publication of their book Silent Whale Letters, a long distance correspondence project responding to a silent archival document, Ella Finer and Vibeke Mascini fill Nottingham Contemporary’s Space with the vibrational infra voice of the blue whale that is central to their book. In a new installation conceived for this occasion, Silent Whale responds to its audience and the populated air of the space in which it sounds.


The book Silent Whale Letters is an experiment in listening to frequencies beyond human sensorial range, Silent Whale Letters is a long-distance correspondence intimately attuned to the infravoice of a blue whale, a document held silent in the sound archive, and other so-called ‘silent’ subjects. Published by Sternberg, with TBA-21 Academy and Sylvia, and edited by Kate Briggs, the book moves through three years of call and response, described as “a joint meditation on the transformative potential of a note, a voice, carried from saltwater into the archive” - Rebecca Giggs

The installation will be open from 3pm and followed by a talk by Ella Finer and Vibeke Mascini from 6pm - 7.30pm.

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