Disquiet @ Modern Fuel (Kingston, Ontario)


Subject: Disquiet @ Modern Fuel (Kingston, Ontario)
From: Christof Migone (cm341@nyu.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 16 2005 - 16:52:45 EDT


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24 August - 24 September 2005
Reception Saturday 17 September 7:00 PM (catalog launch)

ROBERT BEAN
DAVE DYMENT
AFSHIN MATLABI
DIANE MORIN
MATT ROGALSKY
USSA (STEVE BATES & JAKE MOORE)

CURATED BY CHRISTOF MIGONE

³Silence is not innocent ² ­ John Cage

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre presents Disquiet , a group exhibition curated
by Christof Migone as part of an entire programming year dedicated to the
theme of Œsilence Ή. Disquiet has nothing to do with sound and everything to
do with unsound. In other words, Disquiet is sound disturbed, disturbed
sound. Disquiet investigates the notion of silence as a disturbance.
Silence, as charged rather than neutral. Silence in the context of peril,
conflict, disquietude. The relationship between the silencer and the
silenced ‹to shut, to mute, to muzzle, to censor. Silence is both a break, a
caesura, and a constant, a continuity. Its volume can be louder than words,
its infinitude can be both repressive and liberatory. It can be either a
product of enforcement or a tactic of resistance. It can also be that
momentary lull before an outbreak of laughter; the portentous seriousness of
silence can be shifted to aspects of play.

The artists featured in Disquiet engage the complexities of silence as it
echoes with issues of language, authority, and image. From mute
representations of Beatles songs (Dave Dyment) to a series of national
anthems performed by someone who learns the sound of the words but not their
meaning (Afshin Matlabi). From quotidian objects made to implode, as if
their inner voice was suddenly and simultaneously appearing and letting go
(Diane Morin) to a live radio feed containing only the amplified silences
between words (Matt Rogalsky). From a participatory installation of language
learning cards, where you can be the instructor or the instructed (Steve
Bates & Jake Moore) to the sound muzzle of the Sistine Chapel (Robert Bean)
where you are told not to make your presence audible. Disquiet artists
consider silence as presence, as material, as tension.

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