One Minute Silence

One Minute Silence

Box Ladder, Modern Art Oxford

Installation, 74 minutes of silence

No life without heat, no matter neither, no warmth without air, no logos without noise, either.

Everyday we are bombarded by sound. Background noise is the ground of our perception, absolutely uninterrupted, it is our perennial sustenance, the element of the software of all our logic. It is the residue and the cesspool of our messages. 

 

Noise is the basic element of the software of all our logic, or it is to the logos what matter used to be to form. Noise is the background of information, the material of that form. Hearing is a model of understanding and a method for memory. 

 

By recording single minutes of silence the piece records fragments of time from innumerable places. As soon as the piece is realised the sounds no longer correspond to the time at all. They suffer a death, trapped in a past present which can never be relived or realised, only relayed. 

 

Each minute of silence was documented in terms of its visual, audio and location. Minutes of 'silence' were played with their corresponding visuals in separate parts of the gallery so that sound and visual could never be experienced simultaneously.