WHALES OVER MOBY DICK

A single speaker rests its weight on a library copy of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, it is a poetic gesture and a metaphor for whale power over historical whaler subjugation. This work consists of the complete audiobook of Moby Dick is played simultaneously with whale sound. The whale songs are played loud enough to obscure the text, but not loud enough to drown it out, the listener is still able to hear snippets of text to identify this American classic, but not enough information for it to make any sense. This gestural act gives a voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless allowing the whales to control the narrative and not the violent whalers. It is an act of reconciliation and apology for the trauma that is inflicted on them from within and without this book.

Materials

Single-channel audio

Dimensions

23 hours

Year

2020