How to Join the Remaking Moby-Dick Project

The Remaking Moby-Dick project is currently soliciting expressive responses to Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick.


The Re-Making Moby-Dick project is an international multimodal storytelling performance instigated and enacted over several months during 2013. Poets, writers, artists, schoolchildren, scholars, dancers, curators, and sailors are invited to engage the project and participate via the means most natural to their expressive practice. The 135 chapters, along with the extracts, inscription, epigraph, and epilogue, of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel serve as prompts for responsive work created in multiple forms, recorded in digital video and exhibited online. Your creative expressions will contribute to Melville’s already unwieldy and materially eccentric text, supplying new means by which to capture and release the essence of the “white whale” at the core of the text. We invite poets to respond with poetry, storytellers with stories, photographers with images of the sea, painters and printmakers with new work, museum curators with commentary, graffiti artists with whales on walls, school-children with their own stories and reactions, dancers with movement and gesture, scholars with interpretation and analysis, and sailors with their own complementary narratives. Each response will be aligned with single chapters and core elements of the work and documented on video so that all 139 prompts are addressed, each at least once and by a different participant.

The resulting video will be screened in a public location in Karlskrona, Sweden during the Mixing Realities Digital Performance Festival in May 2013. The festival will foreground mixed reality works presented by scholars, curators, and International artists working across media (in sound, video, augmented reality, digital and live performance, dance).

After the festival, we will repurpose and re-contextualize the project artifacts, offering yet another “text” published online and in print form that can be shared with a wider audience, along with the original work from the festival, as a further extension of the project.

Re-Making Moby-Dick and the Mixing Realities Digital Performance Festival are funded by Art Line, a South Baltic Programme EU Project exploring art innovation in public, physical, and digital space.


Responses should either engage ideas specific to separate chapters or passages in Moby-Dick or critically interpret some aspect of the novel, extending the meaning and significance of Moby-Dick and reflecting on its continued relevance. The full text of Moby-Dick is available at Project Gutenberg.  Chapter synopses are available at Novel Guide.


Responses can take almost any original form (artistic or critical, individual or collaborative).  We are looking for images, video, recorded responses, and texts including essays and poems and anecdotes.


Please submit files via email to Include “Remaking Moby” in the subject line, and be sure to include your name in the email.  You can also submit work via Submittable and at our youtube channel.  All submitted work will be considered for both the festival and print+web phases of the project.


Submissions can be uploaded from January 1 – May 8, 2013. We look forward to viewing what you create and share.


Contact Trish Harris,, project curator, with questions and ideas.


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