Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The "Moby-Dick Big Read"

This is amazing. From the Moby-Dick Big Read web site: In the spring of 2011, artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare convened and curated a unique whale symposium and exhibition at Peninsula Arts, the dedicated contemporary art space at Plymouth University, under the title, Dominion. Inspired by their mutual obsession with Moby-Dick and with the overarching subject of the whale, they invited artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics to respond to the theme. The result was an enthusiastic response which evidently could not be contained within the physical restrictions of a gallery space and a three-day symposium.

One of the results of that inspiration is the incredible online project, the Moby-Dick Big Read. Starting on September 16, 2012, visitors can stream or download a new chapter of the mighty book every single day until the story is complete. Each chapter is performed by a different reader, and the line-up is stellar, from Tilda Swinton to Stephen Fry to Nigel Williams and many many more.

Even more exciting though, each chapter will be accompanied online by a different piece of art related to Moby-Dick. These will cover a wide spectrum of visual arts from paintings and drawings and photographs to sculptures and installations. And I have had the great honor of being included in this project, as one of my drawings will accompany chapter 131, "The Pequod Meets the Delight." I will post again when that time draws near.

If you are at all interested in the novel Moby-Dick, if you have never read it but feel that you might be able to listen to Melville's words given new life by an amazing cast of gifted actors and readers, if you'd like to see the way that this incredible and mighty book continues to resonate with visual artists today, visit the Moby-Dick Big Read. It is absolutely incredible, and to be a part of this project is for me an honor beyond words.


  1. this piece is absolutely

  2. I had just heard about the project and was about to drop a line in the comments in case you had not yet been aware of it - only to find you are participating!

  3. Thank you Dierdra, it remains one of my favorite. Done completely off the cuff, on a lunchbreak at the day job. Odd how something that began like that could turn out to be one of the best in the series.

  4. Thank you Projekt! It is an absolutely amazing honor to be a part of this. I'm still pinching myself. It's just...incredible.


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