Silence and Noise



The No-Eyes Viewing Wall at Brooklyn Zen Center is proud to

present Silence and Noise, a new multidisciplinary project that will

open on Friday, April 13th 2012 from 7pm to 10pm.

In the Zen Buddhist tradition, each silent meditation period begins

and ends with the striking of a bell. The sound waves emanating from

the vibrating body of the bell fill the room, envelop the sitters, and

slowly pulse to silence. The silence that abides is in fact not silent at

all, but filled with the sound of breathing, noisy thoughts, and street

traffic outside of the meditation room. From this non-silence, the

bell emerges once more. The sound of the bell, as Shunryu Suzuki

Roshi notes, is both objective and subjective. Objectively, it is the

movement of the air in the vicinity of our ears and body; subjectively

it is the transmitted effort of the bell striker encouraging our efforts to

encounter silence, peace, and freedom. 

Silence and Noise is a boundary-crossing project for the No-Eyes

Viewing Wall. A group of artists that includes sculptors, sound-
designers, musicians and researchers has been meeting for several

months, meditating and sharing ideas together, and slowly soaking

in the unique silence of the Brooklyn Zen Center space. From this

experience, they have created a series of organically evolving

sculptures that will be displayed on the No-Eyes Viewing Wall from

April 13th through mid July. Like the striking of a bell, this exhibition

will be being to pulse and resonate on April 13th with a very special

evening performance reinterpreting the traditional Zen form for sitting,

walking and chanting. 

Participating artists: Serra Victoria Bothwell-Fels, Terence Caulkins,

Vanessa Cronan, Billy Gomberg, Anne Guthrie, Elizabeth Hendler,

Raúl Hott, Lili Maya, Mike O’Toole, James Rouvelle, Mica Scalin. 

Curated by Terence Caulkins and Noah Fischer.

Please note: Silence and Noise, is also the title of an unrelated book

by Ivan Richmond. The full title is Silence and Noise: Growing up Zen

in America.