Last Whispers – Oratorio for Vanishing Voices at the LACMA museum and Ford Theatres in Los Angeles (art collaboration with Lena Herzog)

Screening on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8:00pm
Ford Theatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East
Hollywood, CA 90068

VR experience on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Art of the Americas Building, Level 2
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

An immersive experience, Last Whispers – Oratorio for Vanishing Voices, Collapsing Universes & a Falling Tree is simultaneously a spatially-designed sound composition and film. Dedicated to the mass extinction of languages, the project was created by Lena Herzog and features sound design by award-winning sound designers Mark Mangini and Marco Capalbo and original aerial drone videography by Tomas van Houtryve.

At an unprecedented speed, faster than the extinction of some species, our linguistic diversity—the very means by which we know ourselves—is eroding. Today, a majority of the world’s population speaks only 30 of the 7,000 languages remaining on earth. It is estimated that at least half of the currently spoken languages will have died by the end of this century. In fact, a language dies every two weeks. By definition, this loss occurs in silence, since silence is the very form of this extinction. Last Whispers is an invocation of that which has gone extinct and an incantation of those that are endangered.

Also on July 15 at 2:00pm at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA CEO Michael Govanwill speak with Lena Herzog about her practice and Last Whispers in LACMA’s Bing Theater.


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