Last Whispers installation on language loss begins 2019 tour

By Rebekah Hayes|January 24, 2019|Video Installation|0 comments

Made in close collaboration with SOAS World Languages Institute and ELAR, Lena Herzog’s Last Whispers is an immersive video & sound installation and virtual reality experience, addressing the loss of world’s linguistic and cultural diversity.

After its premiere at the Living & Dying Gallery of The British Museum adjacent to The Rosetta Stone, it is now scheduled to show at various museums, theaters and concert halls in 2019.

Last Whispers is an immersive installation by artist Lena Herzog, built on her frequent themes of ritual and gesture, as well as her exploration of loss and dislocation.

Last Whispers will be shown as a one-hour public concert event to a seated audience or as a site-specific museum installation at the top of the hour. In some venues (such as the Kennedy Center), after the 46 minutes oratorio, the audience will put on the headsets and experience the Last Whispers 7 min virtual reality experience.

2019 has been declared as the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the UN General Assembly and UNESCO. The dates for Last Whispers‘ timely tour include:

25-29 January 2019
Park City, Utah
VR (7 min) premiere and official selection at The New Frontier Program: Sundance Film Festival

24 February, 2019
Washington, DC: 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)

14 June, 2019
Los Angeles, CA: Ford Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Co-presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and by the Natural History Museum (NHM)
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min) and Conversation with Paul Holdengräber and a panel

15 June, 2019
Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
VR (7 min) and conversation with Michael Govan

29-30 June, 2019
Washington DC: Hirshhorn Museum, The Sound Festival
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)

October—December 2019
Rochester, NY: George Eastman Museum
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)

October 2019
Montclair, NJ: Alexander Kasser Theater
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)

21 November, 2019
Paris, France: Theatre du Châtelet
Presented by Le Festival d’Automne in collaboration with UNESCO and Radio France
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)

Additional venues are pending. For more information, visit the Last Whispers website.

Artist Lena Herzog (centre) with composers and sound designers Mark Mangini (L) and Marco Capalbo (R).

Artist Lena Herzog (centre) with composers and sound designers Mark Mangini (L) and Marco Capalbo (R).

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