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@baojiaxiang ⌯ Scrabulous Anomaly in the Re-write Department ⌯ Confraternity of Neoflagellants ⌯ Department of Decay ⌯ Lewis Den Hertog ⌯ Plastique Fantastique ⌯ Bianca Hlywa ⌯ AGF HYDRA ⌯ Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware ⌯ Natalia Janula ⌯ Alexandra Koumantaki ⌯ Peter Lee ⌯ Christopher Macinnes ⌯ Piano Princess ⌯ Hannah Rose Stewart ⌯ Marta Stražičić ⌯ Tea Stražičić ⌯ Theo Triantafyllidis ⌯ Jennifer Walton


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Whale Fall is a heretical bestiary; an anomalous taxonomy of the diverse bodies that inhabit the hallucinatory mixed-reality paradigm of our contemporary swampscape. 

When a whale's carcass falls deep into the ocean abyss, over time its decaying body hosts a diverse ecology of surrounding species while also birthing altogether new life. It's body is a fetid dataset for biological speculations. Whale Fall plumbs these biological depths by invoking the long-tail of post-digital bodies and how they challenge orthodox conceptions of personhood, intelligence, corporeality, and life. Their heresy is to question what bodies are, and to explore instead what they can be.

The film combines scenes shot on location with various artists, a bespoke virtual environment hosting a weird biome of digital life, with other commissioned footage and CGI.

The result is kaleidoscopic glimpse into of the lives of these speculative ecologies. Multiple logics, systems, and realities are entangled within Whale Fall, illustrating the mixed-reality paradigm we live in: a pervasive, horizonless swampscape that seems at once ecstatic, dismal and absurd.

Whale Fall's strange ecology is soundtracked by producer Jennifer Walton with moments of dense ambience and delirious club frequencies.


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Install view (Bianca Hlywa, Christopher Macinnes, Hannah Rose Stewart, @baojiaxiang) Whale Fall (PH3- P2H4- CH4 Ignition dub), detail: Christopher Macinnes, Alexandra Koumantaki Whale Fall (PH3- P2H4- CH4 Ignition dub), detail: Christopher Macinnes, Marta Stražičić, Tea Stražičić, Theo Triantafyllidis Install view (Alexandra Koumantaki, Christopher Macinnes, Hannah Rose Stewart, @baojiaxiang, Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware, Department of Decay) Install view: (Hannah Rose Stewart, @baojiaxiang, Department of Decay) Install view: (Hannah Rose Stewart, @baojiaxiang, Department of Decay) Install view: (Hannah Rose Stewart, Department of Decay) Install view: (Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware, @baojiaxiang) Install view: (Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware, @baojiaxiang, Hannah Rose Stewart) Install view: (Marija Bozinovska Jones with MBJ Wetware, @baojiaxiang) Whale Fall (PH3- P2H4- CH4 Ignition dub), detail: Christopher Macinnes, AGF Hydra Whale Fall, detail: Hannah Rose Stewart, Marta Stražičić, Tea Stražičić, Theo Triantafyllidis Install view (Hannah Rose Stewart, @baojiaxiang, Department of Decay) Install view (AGF Hydra)

Photos by Samuel Capps


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Editing and VFX : core.pan
Camera operator : Ollie Furlong
Ue4 development and filming (whalescape) : Marta Stražičić and Tea Stražičić
Ue4 development and automation (danes_world) : Christopher Macinnes
Music : Jennifer Walton
i only have eyes for you remix by Piano Princess
Nails : Sylvie Macmillan

Directed / Curated by Most Dismal Swamp