noise / silence
national irish visual arts library seminar 2008
sixth speaking matters event: friday 5/12/08 13:00 - 18:00 NCAD
‘There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.’ — John Cage
The 2008 NIVAL seminar will reflect on correspondences and overlaps between ‘noise’ and ’silence’, exploring the associations and uses of these culturally resonant terms. Bringing together artistic, sociological, musicological and philosophical perspectives, this event partly aims to critically engage with diverse sonic phenomena and their contexts (from aspects of experimental music and popular song to the aural conditions of everyday environments). But we also wish to consider ways in which noise and silence operate as powerful metaphors, informing our wider understanding of aesthetics and politics, influencing our rhetorics and practices of dissent.
Confirmed participants include:
Phil Collins (artist) Susan Philipsz (artist) Danny McCarthy (artist); Sarah Pierce (artist); David Toop (writer and performer); Lars Iyer (Philosopher) Will Large (Philosopher); Anthony McCann (ethnomusicologist)
This is the 4th Annual seminar supported by the National Irish Visual Arts Library at NCAD. Previous events have included ‘Hauntology’ (2006) and ‘What Material is Memory Made From?’ (2007).
To book your place email: longd(at)ncad.ie
There is no charge for attendance, however, places are restricted so boking is essential.