Title: MORE THAN NOTHING
(an investigation into ‘Silence’)
Synopsis: This lecture explores definitions of Silence phenomena across a wide range of categories with the intention of emphasising it’s importance in communication media. The routes by which it is explored pass through linguistics & other pragmatic forms, but concentrate to a greater degree on a diverse series of creative works by practitioners, who challenge or pursue the notion of silence. It is considered in terms of how it transposes itself through a broad range of disciplines. In this way the lecture addresses: A: - how we define silence (along a spectrum from pure silence, via relative silence, to the metaphorical), B: - how we express silence itself (process/aesthetic of), and C: - how silence functions (both intrinsically, and as a creative device). The lecture takes, as a critical and pivotal point, the impact of John Cage’s composition 4’33”. Learning outcomes: Deliberately cross-disciplinary in approach, the lecture aims to communicate a sense of connectivity across its sometimes tenuous and elusive theme. It also intends to demonstrate how different phenomena can be researched and analysed in order to furnish useful, lateral creative inspirations and strategies, and therefore being very much a practical resource. The material should also provide impetus to students who might wish to follow-up any of the strands in greater depth. The lecture is of high relevance to students of most creative disciplines, be they from Photography & Time-based media/Sound, Graphic Design/Advertising, Illustration, Fine Art, Architecture, Humanities, Art History.
Lecture duration: one hour and 1/4.