Hildegard Westerkamp - Soniferous Garden
  Year :   2000
  Location :   Belgium
  Worktype :   Sound Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   CCNOA

  Work Details  
  Silence is an enabling condition in which unprogrammed and unprogrammable events can take place. That is the silence of contemplation; that is the silence where people get in touch with themselves; that is the silence of meditation and worship. Quaker Ursula Franklin In an age that looks upon noise as a necessity, silence has to be sought. In the cacophony of man-made sounds the subtle sound of spanda,that lies at its base, is excluded. Thus preventing an experience of the very force from which everything originates and into which it resolves. The emphasis on outward bound experiences takes us from our innermost being - from sound. It deadens our capacity to respect the subtle world of sound. As the seeking ear recedes from the sounds of man and machine it begins to connect with the interstices of quietude that reside between these sounds. That quietude is the sound of silence, of the spanda,the vibration that underlies all creation. It is the unstruck, uncreated, the sound that IS. It is the womb from which all 'created' sounds arise. The sound of silence, even as it puts the seeker in touch with the original vibration, places her in the vortex of creativity and originality. Mahatma Gandhi, a great practitioner of silence, wrote: Silence is a great help to a seeker after truth like myself. In the attitude of silence, the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness- the soul requires inward restfulness to attain to full heights. Silence is the choice-less refuge of all beings. Willingly or unwillingly they close themselves into its soft warmth even as they unresistingly give in to the state of deep sleep, only to come out rejuvenated and recreated. The divisions and encroachments of external sound and noise all resolve into the unity of this underlying spanda.In this state, conflicts find resolution and problems their solution, as beings necessarily contact it, consciously or unconsciously. Silence is not always heard by the external ear. Rather it is experienced in the innermost chambers of our bodies as the resonance of the vibrant universe. Accessed 12.06.2009 from http://www.sfu.ca/~westerka/installations/Nada/Nada%20soniferous%20garden/silenceweb.html