Silence: (im)possible absences
Online Scenario — STRP Scenario #22
STRP Scenario #22: Silence: (im)possible absences
STRP Scenario #22 takes place in complete silence. We can perceive noise and we often experience it as negative or annoying. Silence, on the other hand, is considered as positive, as it is associated with calmness, peace, order. But what do we mean when we talk about ‘silence’? Because true silence is impossible. Silence is an impossible absence that, like noise, tells the stories of our personal and collective values. STRP Scenario #22: Silence: (im)possible absences is a search for different perspectives on silence – and noise.
Co-creator of STRP Scenario #22 researcher and artist Martina Raponi, who grew up with a deaf father and is expert in sound, and noise. STRP invites various speakers to dive into the complexity of silence together. Speakers: composer and writer David Toop. Véro Leduc, deaf professor who researches the cultural participation of the deaf and PhD student Sarah Heussaff who researches disability activist movements. Sound artist and researcher Ximena Alarcón with a Deep Listening performance about silence that lets you connect to others with sound, from wherever you are. To join the performance, you will be asked to download an app and go for a short walk with your headphones on.
Welcome to STRP Scenario #22: Silence: (im)possible absences!
This Scenario took place during STRP Festival 2023 in a hybrid form. Watch back the Scenario here.