International artist Wu Tsang shares the creative and collaborative process for producing her monumental immersive artwork Of Whales. This dynamically generated real-time video installation reimagines the classic 1851 Herman Melville story of Moby Dick from the perspective of the sperm whale, inviting viewers on a mesmerizing journey through the depths of a CGI (computer-generated imagery) ocean. In this lively conversation with the ICA’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator, Ruth Erickson, and Curatorial Assistant, Tessa Bachi Haas, learn about this extraordinary artwork and the artist’s refreshing adaptation of Melville’s classic American novel using the Unity gaming platform with XR (extended reality) technologies.

Tickets for this event are FREE and available online at 10 AM, February 13. Limit 2 per person. Please check in on the day of event by 6:45 PM. Unclaimed tickets will be released 15 mins before event. 

Make the most of your ICA visit! Explore the galleries and visit the ICA’s featured exhibition: Wu Tsang: Of Whales. Enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and more. Be sure to drop into the ICA Store and bring a bit of ICA art and inspiration home with you.   

Generous support for The Artist’s Voice: Wu Tsang is provided by the Bridgitt and Bruce Evans Public Program Fund. 

Wu Tsang: Of Whales is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Tessa Bachi Haas, Curatorial Assistant.

With warmest thanks, we gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the ICA’s Avant Guardian Society in making this exhibition possible.

Production Credits
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin

Composers: Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda

Horns: Tapiwa Svosve, Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson, and Miao Zhao
Harp and vocals: Ahya Simone
Creative technologist: Ferdinand Dervieux

3D artist: Aby Batti
Sky Box: Daniel Balage
Lead VFX artist and additional modeling: Alexandra Radulescu
VFX artist: Camille Petit

Cosmos sequence directing and animation: Abel Kohen

Sound design: Nicolas Bredin
Music spatialization: Dave Rife and Gabe Liberti

Additional integration: Small Creative—Vincent Guttmann, Marine Le Borgne, and Florient Salabert

Produced by ATLAS V—Arnaud Colinart
Virtual production by ALBYON

With support from VIVE Arts; VIA Art Fund; Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Antenna Space, Shanghai; Cabinet, London; and LUMA Foundation