Category Archives: Uncategorized

tracking whale routes and numbers: the Song of the Whale report

Maps, data, and the kind of intensely specific detail Ishmael would love. Read the entire report at the IFAW site.

“1.5 Aims

  • Through a combination of acoustic and /or visual effort the team aimed to:
  • Investigate the presence and distribution of blue whales on the passage and particularly in the Laurentian Channel.
  • Investigate the presence and distribution of the Northern right whale in the Eastern Atlantic.
  • Acquire high quality recordings of various species for subsequent description and comparison.
  • Contribute to photographic–identification catalogues for the North West Atlantic through local collaboration.

The research passage between Boston, USA, and Iceland was conducted in between 7
th July and 29th July 2012 and passed through American, Canadian, Greenlandic and Icelandic waters. The voyage
was conducted from the 21m auxiliary-powered cutter-rigged sailing research vessel Song of the Whale. The passage was conducted under sail, motor or motor/sail between a minimum of five knots (to stream hydrophones) and a maximum of eight knots (to reduce cable strum and keep the arrays at depth).”

Did you think you missed out on the Remaking Moby-Dick project?

Well, we have found ways to include your ideas and remakings as the Remaking Moby-Dick project continues.

We have issued two new calls: one for chapter responses for the print version of the project, and one for new/more video for the second screening of the Remaking Moby playlist.

Your poems and stories are due by 9/15. Videos are due by 10/15.

Please feel free to share the CFP. If you’re a teacher planning fall classes and are looking for a fascinating student project with an instant audience, Remaking Moby is perfect. If you have ideas or questions, please just email us at remakingmoby at gmail.

Thank you in advance for helping us make the project even bigger and more amazing. xx

casting continues for Ron Howard’s adaptation of “In the Heart of the Sea”

And why are we posting this to Remaking Moby? Well, Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea recounts the whale+Essex story that inspired Melville.

And because Howard’s film might be closer to the spirit of Moby-Dick than many of the straight M-D interpretations. Or at least that is what we hope.

beached whale installation as (planned) community disruption

story by Danny Olda at Beautiful Decay


“a highly-detailed site-specific installation and the “scientists are actors organized and created by a Belgian collective known as Captain Boomer.  The installation was on the banks of the river Thames and in conjunction with Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – an outdoor festival.  The installation (which pops up on various river banks throughout Europe) stir up and disrupt entire communities just as real beached whales do.  The collective sets out to educate communities on whale the beaching of whales and the larger issues tying humans to nature.”

Read the entire article, and see the rest of the images, at Beautiful Decay.

post-festival news: the future of Remaking Moby-Dick

The Remaking Moby-Dick screening in Karlskrona went well, with ample encouraging feedback and, of course, admiration for the work many of you contributed.  Thank you!

So what is next for the project?

I’ll continue to encourage, and collect/curate, work for the project, both text and video.  Why? For three next-wave iterations of the project:

  • a fall or winter screening of Remaking Moby-Dick (with even more video, how much is really up to the contributors) in both Europe and North America
  • a late-fall print version of Remaking Moby-Dick, which I am eginning to edit now, with the contributed text/image chapters presented in Melville’s sequence design
  • a 2014 chapbook focused just on the Whiteness of the Whale.


In the next week or so, I’ll issue three new calls: for video, chapter responses for currently unclaimed chapters, and remakings of the Whiteness.

Thank you for your interest and participation. And to those of you who’ve asked if it is now too late to be part of the project: no, it is not too late.

joining the Remaking Moby-Dick project: a special exception for video


If you are submitting video, you can simply load to Youtube and then let us know (send us the link) so we can add it to our Remaking playlist.  You can do this through May 21, 2013.

For everyone else, the guidelines are the same, with a May 8 deadline.

We are loving the contributions you’ve already submitted! What an exciting celebration of Moby-Dick.  We can hardly wait to share it with the world.

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.