Last Whispers | Lena Herzog

An immersive, experiential work dedicated to the extinction of languages.
Role: Immersive video editing

Last Whispers is an incantation of extinct and endangered languages. It is both a profoundly modern and a traditional choral work. The spatialized sound composition layers recordings of speech, recitatives, incantations, songs and ritual chants, with audible punctuations of sounds from nature and outer space frequencies (made audible), including gravitational waves of supernovas (dying stars) recorded by LIGO, β€œThe Listening Ear.” Last Whispers was created in collaboration with The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme and The SOAS World Languages Institute, SOAS, University of London. It is co-presented by The Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, UNESCO.

Concept / Directed / Produced by Lena Herzog
With compositions and sound design by
Marco Capalbo and Mark Mangini

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