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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.