©Mari Bastashevski, 2019

52Hz

2018

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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.

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