Hartwig Art Foundation presents

MOBY DICK; or, The Whale

Wu Tsang / Moved by the Motion, Caroline Shaw, Schauspielhaus Zürich

With this sujet the group Moved by the Motion takes on one of the "Great American Novels": Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

Sophia al Maria and Wu Tsang's adaptation, interwoven with extracts by a sub-sub-librarian (Fred Moten), tackles the novel's subterranean currents, encountering a resistant hydrarchy and haptic collectivities of "mariners, renegades, and castaways" (CLR James). Directed by Wu Tsang and scored live by BRYGGEN Bruges Strings to a composition by Caroline Shaw and Andrew Yee with Asma Maroof, the silent film follows the white whale above and below the surface of the water, developing a visual cosmology that resists the exploration and exploitation of the earth under imperial colonialism. The staging of Moved by the Motion interweaves the story of the whaler's 'floating factory' with the early days of the film industry.


Fri June 17 8:30 PM

Sat June 18 3:00 PM


  • default from € 24
  • HF Young € 20
  • CJP/student € 12

language & duration

  • 1 hour 15 minutes (zonder pauze)

  • © Blommers & Schumm (Wu Tsang)

  • © Credit: Design Pics Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

  • © Film Still, MOBY DICK; or, The Whale (2022), Dir. Wu Tsang

  • © Film Still, MOBY DICK; or, The Whale (2022), Dir. Wu Tsang

  • © Film Still, MOBY DICK; or, The Whale (2022), Dir. Wu Tsang


cast Tosh Basco, Josh Johnson, Steven Sowah, Fred Moten, Sebastian Rudolph, Thomas Wodianka, Thelma Buabeng, Vincent Basse, Ondrej Vidlar, Mel Guesson, Titilayo Adebayo, Gottfried Breitfuss, André Atangana, Maja Beckmann, Karim Boumjimar, Enantios Dromos, Timon Essoungou, Rene Melliger, Wiebke Mollenhauer, Daniel Kweku Schmid, Stéphanie Scholl, Corey Scott-Gilbert, Sscopeta Shephard, Malik Sievi, Rafal Skoczek direction Wu Tsang conductor Kevin Griffiths text Sophia Al-Maria music Caroline Shaw, Andrew Yee, Asma Maroof production Laura D'Incau Wu Tsang, Tosh Basco associate producer Tosh Basco, Sophia Al-Maria, Stefan Scheuermann, Barbara Higgs cinematography (live action) Antonio Cisneros choreography Josh Johnson costumes TELFAR, Kyle Luu production design Nina Mader VR production Bild Studios video design Fray Studios editing Jeròme Pensel dramaturgy Katinka Deecke, Joshua Wicke music performed by BRYGGEN Bruges Strings commissioned by Luma Foundation Zürich, Superblue, TBA21-Academy, Hartwig Art Foundation, The Shed, DE SINGEL, Whitney Museum of American Art

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