Swamp angels:

@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.

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 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.

  • Directed/curated by Most Dismal Swamp
  • 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

Supported by Arts Council England