The optimal use of all senses does not always apply for some of our relatives. Whales have to deal with this fact. They are dependent on sound for their mutual communication; the circumstances of water makes sight and smell less perceptible so they have to make extra use of a sensory organ that offers optimal possibilities. Whales are very dependent on each other’s communicative vocals; the circumstances of water makes sight and smell less perceptible so they have to make extra use of a sensory organ that offers optimal possibilities. They can get confused by the increased ambient noise in the oceans caused by ships, sonar and marine surveys and other anthropogenic impacts, so they will misled to wrong destinations.
Sound is four times more intense in water than on land, so their vocals are of great importance. In addition to the fascinating ambient vocals produced by various whales was this reinforcing effect on the senses a starting point to take three different sound frequencies from three different Atlantic whales. From sound to shape is the most common form of synaesthesia, a constantly researched phenomenon that occurs repeatedly in the artist’s practice. In this, Hedwich largely believes in its acquired potential, in addition to whether it is a naturally inherited phenomenon.
Shown in a way of superlative adjectives and vice versa; from large to small whale size, from low to high sound frequencies and from shapeless matter to almost polymorphic:
Blue whale (right): Large whale [max 30 m] with low frequency [19 - 1 Hz]
Fin whale (middle): Medium sized whale [max 27 m] with moderate frequency [23 - 18 Hz]
Minke whale (left): Small whale [max 10 m] with high frequency [50 - 35 Hz]
Later, a fourth species of whale has been added, however, an unknown one. It’s a whale where only the sound fragments has been recorded but the actual whale itself has never been detected. Humans and some marine animals are unable to hear their high frequency (52+ Hz).
In this way, the sound has been made more tangible to get closer to the 52+ Hz-whale. This allows speculation on possible characteristics of this whale; because of its high sound frequency and based on the other whales, this species could be a lot smaller -in its exaggeration perhaps on nanoscopic scale.