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