Sounds For Sale, installation, exhibition In the Beginning There Was a Silence, Pilsen, 2013, photo by Michal Ures
Multimedial installation „Sounds For Sale“ is a site specific work in windows in the Gallery of city Pilsen. The work was made for the exhibition „In the beginning there was a silence.“
“There is no such thing as silence. Something is always happening that makes a sound. No one can have an idea once he really starts listening.” (John Cage, “45‘ for a Speaker”, from the book Silence)
American composer John Cage’s iconic work 4’33” does not contain a single note; the piece’s music consists solely of ambient noise. The artists invited to In the Beginning Was Silence respond both to Cage’s interest in “the interchangeability of sound and silence” (James Pritchett), as well as to the polluted acoustic and visual landscape of the world today. Their works exist on the boundary between acoustic experiences, visual records of sound, and spoken word. The viewer perceives a combination of “non-musical” sounds and images behind which we recognize an echo of the environment in which we live – changing, enriched by new noises, and polluted by acoustic and visual smog.