2.8.22 - Amie Siegel at ArkDes Now on view: Amie Siegel, ‘The Silence’ (2022) at ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

Exhibition dates: 3 June – 30 October 2022

A double projection composed of opposed, alternating segments—each performed and filmed in two churches designed by Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz (1885 – 1975)—'The Silence’ considers the relationship between architecture, music, sound, and the immaterial.

‘The Silence’ behaves much like a vinyl album—each “side”, or video projection, performing a musical score the artist adapted from the unique brick-patterned walls of the churches and had played on the distinctive organs Lewerentz designed for each space. The uncanny similarity Siegel draws between the architect’s graphic brickwork and player piano scores—paper rolls dotted with patterns of small, perforated absences that generate ghostly “self-playing” music—here alludes to the larger existential questions of presence and absence, sound and silence, that often guide or contravene spiritual life, and thus imbue ‘The Church’ as a unique architectural space wherein such inquiries take shape.

ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design
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