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Notes from the Loneliest Whale

Site-specific sound and light installation, 2022

In 1992, a naval station in the Pacific Ocean caught through its underwater hydrophones an unusual singing of a whale at a frequency of 52 Hertz, far out of a whale’s reach or ability to hear. In the course of 12 years of recording, the repeated calls of the 52-Hertz-Whale remained unanswered - singing in a pitch that other whales could never hear or respond to, its destiny was to stay alone forever.

‘Notes from the Loneliest Whale’ is an immersive sound and light installation based on the recordings of the 52-Hertz-Whale. Taking over the entire five floors of the Old Water Tower of Sofia, it transforms the space into an abstract, parallel dimension in which the loneliest whale in the world is present. Walking up the spiral stairs while following the sounds and lights, visitors get to spend time with the 52-Hertz-Whale, who hasn’t been able to find any companionship throughout its lifetime.

Installed in the Old Water Tower of Sofia, +359 Gallery.

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