Silent Whale Letters – Ella Finer, Vibeke Mascini


An experiment in listening to frequencies beyond human sensorial range, Silent Whale Letters is a long-distance correspondence intimately attuned to the infrasound voice of a blue whale, a document held silent in the sound archive, and other so-called ‘silent’ subjects.As part of an ongoing collaboration between Ella Finer and Vibeke Mascini the letters consider how the silent document shifts the logic of the archive, figuring listening as a practice of preservation. The letters chart a process that is equally conceptual and intimate, theoretical and deeply personal, moving through discussions of (amniotic) undercurrents, call-and-response mechanisms, energetic wavelengths, oceanic and archival memory, mysterious scales, and the watery acoustic commons.



Author Ella Finer, Vibeke Mascini
Publisher: Sternberg Press
ISBN 9781915609021
128 p, ills colour & bw, 13 x 19 cm,
pb, English