Wu Tsang: Of Whales


On Friday, 18 September 2022 from 17:00 we are hosting a preview of Wu Tsang’s large-scale installation Of Whales (2022) in the atrium of the Gropius Bau.

A black surface with small, bright dots with a whale fluke.

Wu Tsang, Of Whales, 2022

courtesy: the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Antenna Space, Shanghai; Cabinet, London © Nicholas Turki

Of Whales is derived from Wu Tsang’s multidisciplinary research around Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick (1851). In the atrium of the Gropius Bau, surreal ocean environments are dynamically regenerated in real time by a virtual reality game engine. A 16-channel score blends horns, saxophone, clarinet and contrabass, unleashing a soundscape that fills the entire space and invites viewers to consider their kinship with aquatic species and states of natural flux.

The installation is part of the exhibition YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal.