52Hz is spectrogram of three relational units: The anthropocene (top) featuring a recording of “They’ve answered” by Galina Vishenevskaya, a Russian opera singer who was once married to a sailor. The holocene (middle)  the 52-hertz frequency whale song, a rare frequency unique to one particular species of whale. And the capitalocene (bottom) fearing the sound of a Hyundai container ship engine at full speed. The three represent a core relationship in the libidinal economy: a desire expressed through a cultural, human voice, techno-accelerationism driven by the commodification of desire and the change this process imposes on the fading voice of the planet.

This work was commissioned by Kulturehuset, Stockholm for the New Shape Forum Project.

©Mari Bastashevski, 2020