Reverse Silence tonight at NYCAMS from 7-8pm


Curated by: Janna Aliese Dyk
Meaghan Burke, experimental cellist, composer
James Hall, trombonist and composer
Karine Laval, photographer and videographer
Aaron Kruziki, woodwind player and keyboardist
Morgan O’Hara, live transmission artist
Location: NYCAMS | 44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor | New York, NY 10001
Directions: N/R to 28th Street
Contact: 212.213.8052
In conjunction with the Chelsea Music Festival, the New York Center for Art & Media Studies presents Reverse Silence, a live collaborative performance featuring work by French photographer and videographer Karine Laval, jazz composer and trombonist James Hall, experimental composer and cellist Meaghan Burke, woodwind player Aaron Kruziki, and live transmission artist Morgan O’Hara.
A nod to the centennial of composer and musician John Cage’s writings on Silence, the performance will debut the silent film installation “Reverse” by Karine Laval. The event itself becomes a reversal of Cageian silence. Laval’s film installation, absent of acoustic sound, serves as the instigation for the collaborative moment, as in turn Hall, Burke, and Kruziki separately create live compositions of sound in response to viewing the silent images.  O’Hara, whose acclaimed drawings serve as “a record, performed in real time, of the vital movement of living beings,” will compose a live transmission drawing of the musicians’ interactions with Laval’s work. In this manner, the visual art is both the initiation and the summation for a dialogue on the subject of silence. O’Hara’s work is a memento of the interactive moment. The music is the crucial medium and translator.
Reverse Silence is a preview of a larger project with the Chelsea Music Festival, On Silence, which includes a performative event at the Rubin Museum on June 18 and a group exhibition at the General Theological Seminary, on view June 14-23. The project explores the role of silence in visual art and music, utilizing as parallel catalytic vehicles the writings of John Cage, Silence, and Shusako Endo’s premier Japanese novel of the same title. Together these texts offer a divergent yet overlapping conversation on the matter.
These events explore the process of text, concept, and response; the diverse relationships between the catalytic moment of inspiration and the actuality of creation; and the unique manner by which musical and visual artists approach this process.

About karinelaval

Karine Laval has been is a French artist living and working in New York. She works primarily with photography and video and shares her time between New York and Europe, alternating magazine and client assignments with an artistic practice, wherein she combines portraiture with images of geographical locations and visual narratives. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, The New Yorker, Elle, Eyemazing, among others. Her work is exhibited worldwide in galleries and festivals. Laval was selected by Photo District News’ (PDN) 30 Emerging Photographers in 2005. Bonni Benrubi gallery in New York City currently represents her.
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