Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Silence Increased

Silence Increased [exhibition]

Hi Helmut,

many thanks about the invitation!

Here is a short explanation why I just sent you an empty email... or at least I'll try to explain my idea in English...

In 2003 I wrote a book entitled 'Book of Silence'. There is nothing on the pages of the book. My idea is, that if I don't give any information for the eyes and/or mind, then a concentrated reader perhaps start to hear and listen to his/her own inner sounds -- ideas, thoughts...or other activity happening in the brain and body while "reading" the book. Instead of taken my ideas, I wanted to support the idea to find the reader's own sounds.

The second level, or thought, behind the 'silent book' is, that actually the book is never quite empty (or silent), as there is always present the materiality of the pages: its presence depends on what kind of paper has been used in the book. And also, there might be some dirt here and there on the empty pages, and/or the printing process might have produced some non-intentional information for the pages of the book (ink blots, dirt...). So this level is more about the visual side & visual interpretation of the silent book.

This was the idea shortly. If there is any use for my silence email, please use it. But if it doesn't work well, just ignored it -- and don't take any stress about it... :)

all the best, petri


From: Petri Kuljuntausta

To: silenceincreased

Date: Apr 12, 2007 6:08 PM


From: Helmut Lemke

To: petri

Date: Apr 12, 2007 2:04 PM

Subject: call for response to exhibition about silence

dear petri, hope you're fine!

please find attached a call for responses for an exhibition i curate

all the best


Dear All
This is an email out from Ben Gwilliam and Helmut Lemke. For this exhibition we asking for responses from those interested in submitting texts about silence. To broaden the depth of the show, please feel free to forward onto others you feel adequate. All information is below
Many thanks
Ben Gwilliam & Helmut Lemke


Then the Silence Increased: Call for Responses

'hen the Silence Increased'is an exhibition curated by Sound Artists Ben Gwilliam & Helmut Lemke, with the support of the Arts Unit of the University of Salford, commencing May 2007. For this project we are asking for Musicians, Artists, and those whose work is concerned with sound, to submit brief statements, quotes, opinions, anecdotes, memories, images about silence. It is our intention to fill the gallery space with hundreds maybe thousands of printed emails. All Responses will be shown in the exhibition and every contributor will be acknowledged in the accompanying catalogue.

Please email texts etc to: silenceincreased@

Of course, you can answer in any language, but please include a short summary in English.



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