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11 October 2009

Tim Etchells begins In Silence

Author: Tim Etchells

Etchells’ research project In Silenceconvenes a series of encounters with experts and professionals whose daily work and life practice leads them to an interest and investment in silence. Silence - death to the comedian, transcendence to the priest, a right in the eyes of the law - is after all not the negative space of speech but rather a complex piece of social communication, which functions in contexts as a statement, as transitional state (instrumental route to something) and indeed as a goal or objective all of its own. In a linked set of videotaped interviews Etchells will explore the diversity and complexity of silence as it is constructed and read, investigating both its utility and its blankness, as it is deployed and broken in different situations. A weblog on this process can be found here.

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