Wet dreaming at 52Hz guides us under the surface into an audio-visual ocean of whale intelligence. In his performance, Alex Franz Zehetbauer examines the complex emotional and auditory consciousness of whales and translates their ancient form of long-distance communication into the performance space. Submerged in a large tank, Alex composes live vocals in the form of sonic holograms that break at the audience’s feet in spiralic waves. wet dreaming at 52Hz confronts anthropocentric and patriarchal ideas of intelligence through the embodiment of a whale’s way of experiencing the world.
Whales have been around for a long time. Their brains have had more time to evolve than ours and this evolution has occurred in an environment with few natural predators. Perhaps, because of this, whale’s intelligence is focused on the complexities of interpersonal relationships, emotional honesty, free eroticism, serene playfulness and an agile entry into states we might call psychedelic.
Wet dreaming at 52Hz translates the science of the whale experience into the abstract. With this performance, Alex searches for what it would mean to have the mind of a whale or to perform in a room full of whale-minded people. How does it feel to perceive sound as a material entity? What would it be like if we could all see each others internal body state through sonar? And above all: What might the world look like if we were all a little more cetacean?
Concept & Performance Alex Franz Zehetbauer Artistic Advice & Support Claire Lefèvre Outside Eye Veza Fernández Light David Lang Production Sophie Schmeiser & Eva Holzinger
A coproduction of Brut Wien and Alex Franz Zehetbauer
With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, ImPulsTanz — Vienna International Dance Festival and Arbeitsplatz Wien Special thanks to Evening Hours NY, INK Initiative, Robyn/Hugo Le Brigand, Wilhelmina Zehetbauer, Alex Siebenstern, Sandra Morell, and Martín Minghetti
PR image: Alex Franz Zehetbauer/Johanna Nielson, Whale drawing © Tim Jeffs Art