Date:  Monday, 26 June 2023
Time:  18:30 – 20:00
(Doors open 18:15)
Location:  Delfina Foundation
Tickets:  Free. Booking via Eventbrite essential.
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To mark the publication of their book Silent Whale Letters — a long distance correspondence project responding to a ‘silent’ archival recording — Ella Finer and Vibeke Mascini return to Delfina Foundation where the project began in early 2020, to read from the letters in conversation with poet Lucy Mercer.

An experiment in listening to frequencies beyond human sensorial range, Silent Whale Letters is a correspondence intimately attuned to the infravoice of a blue whale, a recording held in the British Library’s sound archive, and other so-called ‘silent’ subjects. 

Published by Sternberg, with TBA-21 Academy and Sylvia, and edited by Kate Briggs, the book moves through three years of correspondence described as “a joint meditation on the transformative potential of a note, a voice, carried from saltwater into the archive” (Rebecca Giggs, author).


Ella Finer’s work queries the ownership of cultural expression through sound; often through collaborative projects centring listening as a practice of deep attention, affiliation and reciprocity. She is currently finishing her first monograph Acoustic Commons and the Wild Life of Sound.

Vibeke Mascini explores, through sculptures, installations, video and text, a scaling of abstract phenomena into a sensorial scope, with the intention to seek agency from intimacy. Earlier publications include The Dent of Walter Umenhofer and Cloud Inverse, both independently published. Vibeke is currently an artist-in-resident at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam 2021–2023. Vibeke was in-residence at Delfina Foundation in early 2020.

Lucy Mercer’s first poetry collection Emblem (Prototype, 2022) is a Poetry Book Society Choice. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter.