Silent Space Stand Still
Maria-Thalia Carras & Sofia Tournikioti
Tzisdaraki Mosque, Museum of Greek Folk Art, Monastiraki Square, Athens
Silent Space Stand Still is an exhibition exploring the use of sound in a mosque in central Athens that has long been silent.
A series of sound interventions will take place in the Tzisdaraki mosque in Monastiraki Square over the period of a month. Four artists who use the medium of sound in their work will give a performance, a talk or make some sort of live presentation inside or around the mosque. Following on from each performance, a work of theirs which includes elements of sound will be housed in the mosque for a week.
The exhibition will function as a series of solo presentations which in turn constitute an exhibition unit with its internal rhythms, exclamation marks, pauses and, finally, full stop.
Silent Space Stand Still aims to generate a dialogue with the space, the mosque being experienced anew through contemporary works of art. In particular, the exhibition will reintegrate sound into a space originally built for that medium, an echo of the building’s original architectural purpose.
Silent Space Stand Still will explore how sound can activate and frame physical space through a variety of strategies like rhythm, percussion, pitch, the use of voice and other instruments, the sampling of sounds and digital synthesis. Through a series of gestures and interventions the exhibition will suggest an architecture of sound that can resonate through the site, and its history, touching the people inside it.