(a video and audio installation and a virtual reality experience)
Conceived / Directed / Produced by Lena Herzog
With sound design and compositions by Marco Capalbo and Mark Mangini
Visualization by Amanda Tasse, video by Tomas Van Houtyryve and Aziz Lechgar
Images by NASA, Bryan Nash Gill, Lena Herzog
EDITION 1: INSTALLATION & CONCERT (completed, premiered at The British Museum 11. 2016)
simultaneously a film projection and a choral pre-recorded composition with immersive (either 8.1 or binaural*) sound design, resulting in a 46-minute long visceral experience—an immersive oratorio. The video consists of 3D animation, video drone footage and stills (all in black-and-white) poetically linking image and sound. The audio in the Oratorio is a chorus of extinct and endangered languages, both spoken and sung, composed from the historical recordings (speech, recitatives, incantations, songs and ritual chants) punctuated by the sound of interpreted (made audible) gravitational waves of the collapsing stars and supernovae recorded by LIGO “The Listening Ear.”
Last Whispers is, in essence, an immersive experience of film and spatially designed sound composition of extinct and endangered languages (spoken and sung) .
Running time: 46 minutes.
Museum / Concert Hall / Cathedral Installation and Concert
Last Whispers plays on a loop as an installation at the top of the hour or
Last Whispers plays as a choral concert and film event at a given time
Video screen projection of animation, stills and drone footage in black-and-white (1920 x 1080 resolution / 2K)
Audio projection (8.1 or binaural*) either via an 8.1 PA sound system or via headphones for binaural
EDITION 2: PUBLIC / LAND ART (completed)
Public and land art installation via a weatherproofed 8.1 sound system
Large scale video projection
EDITION 3: VIRTUAL REALITY (1 completed, 2 in progress)
an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience made in collaboration with Emblematic Group.
Running time: 7 minutes.
Last Whispers plays as a VR (7 minutes) on various VR devices and platforms
Last Whispers, as a VR, is conceived as An Immersive Oratorio In Three Parts, 7 minutes each,
each part can be viewed as a stand-alone, but best—as a suite.
one part has been completed and is ready to be uploaded on the VR systems and shown at the VR theaters
two remaining immersive experiences are still being built
* Last Whispers was created and mixed in two ways: as an 8.1 public spatialized sound projection and as a binaural individualized sound projection. Both mixes mimic a sound environment the way human ears hear it live, unrecorded. They are perceived as a genuine 360° sound, registered by the mind as distinctly present and alive.
Premiered at the Living & Dying Gallery at The British Museum in October 2016.
LAST WHISPERS AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
February 24th, 2019 Washington DC
24 February, 2019 Terrace Theater (Millennium Stage Program) at The Kennedy Center, co-presented by The Smithsonian, Washington, DC
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min) & VR (7 min)
LAST WHISPERS AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM
October 2016 London UK