Antoine Barrot



Wild Rumors

Moby-Dick, Detroit et autres récits

Antoine Barrot / Cédric Loire / Sarah Ritter

Wild Rumors takes its origins in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; or The Whale published in 1851. Seen as a critical-thinking tool fit to tackle the contemporary world and as a map of our own movements, this novel constituted the filter of the shared experience and research lead both in France and in Detroit (MI) since 2016. This book tests and verifies the intuition according to which Melville’s novel, its factory-ship, obsessional captain and disciplined crew foreshadowed the world in which we live. Preferring the fictionalization over the compiling of research results, the book links fiction, field experience and research in art and human sciences. What could the “white whale” Achab longed for be today? Have those who witnessed the disaster seen it? Do they know where the ship is, or what happened to its crew?

Wild Rumors, Moby-Dick, Detroit et autres récits

17 x 24 cm, 236 pages, circa 120 reproductions in quadrichromy, paperback.

In co-edition with École Supérieure d’Art Clermont Métropole (ESACM). Graphic design: Arthur Calame.

ISBN: 978-2-843140-79-2