Blackmarket - Turku, October 2011

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Turku, Finnland
Volunteer Fire Brigade building


Thursday, 20 October 2011
6pm – 10.33pm
Free entry!

 

 

Concept and room:
Hannah Hurtzig

Production management:
Carena Brenner

Research:
Asko Nivala

Production manager Turku 2011:
Niina Helander
Tiina Erkintalo

Production assistant:
Tiina Salmia

Trainee:
Annina Leskinen

Stage Design Assistant:
Marie Antikainen

Technical Producer:
Antti Helminen

Sound:
Tommi Hinkkanen

Photographer:
Kari Vainio

Video Documentation:
Kimmo Impilä

Special thanks to:
Jukka Saukkolin (Turku 2011) and Jukka Helttula (Turku Volunteer Fire Brigade)

Hostesses:
Venla Heinonen, Julia Huebner, Lena Kingelin, Marika Lamberg,
Pauliina Mäkinen, Aija Pippuri, Katariina Saarinen

The participation of Jan Costin Wagner was made possible by the Goethe-Institut in Finland.


A co-production of Turku European Capital of Culture 2011 and Mobile Academy Berlin


www.turku2011.fi/blackmarket-nro-14

 

 

 

Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge
and Non-Knowledge No. 14

100 conversations about being silent in 4'33" hours
An installation with 50 experts by Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Academy



Turku Volunteer Fire Brigade Building


Photo: Vainio Kari

The Blackmarket in Turku practises and negotiates the phenomenology of being silent in conversation - informing, narrating, criticizing, gossiping, lecturing: a poetic silence, an obliviousness to the self and the reticence of things, words and nature.


Photo: Vainio Kari

If one considers being silent from the perspective of acoustics, one might say that we originate from a world of being silent and return to a world of silence. Between those points lie a variety of degrees of noise. A sociological view of the complicit silence of politicians and cliques and the resigned silence of public opinion. A policy of forgetting people and stories which will not be represented in the public domain, and memory frozen in the form of monuments. Silence, too, as an instrument of terror – the taciturn patriarch in the family, solitary confinement. The staged silence of an interrogation, in the theatre, and the ultimate silence at the Onkalo permanent repository: please remember to forget forever!
Being silent and the silence we hear are thus merely noises that are not operating at the time, a barely perceptible echo of an imploding universal clamour, an almighty din. It is never silent; we are never silent. But once in a lifetime, every one of us is rendered silent.
People like to portray Finns as particularly practised and experienced people of few words. At the Blackmarket one can listen in to them discussing being silent.


Check In, Hostesses, Photo: Arto Takala

4'33" is John Cage most famous composition. It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece. The piece purports to consist of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed, although it is commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence". In the Blackmarket we will have 4 hours and thirtythree minutes to perform silence.

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ENCYCLOPEDIA

BLACKMARKET knowledge is offered in the following languages:
Czech, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Sign Language, Spanish, Swedish

ANIMALS
DANCE
DILEMMA

DYSTOPIA
EMPTINESS
EVANESCENCE
FILM
FIGURES OF SILENCE
IDENTITY
KISS
LANGUAGE
MEMORY
MUSIC
MUTISM
NIRWANA PRINCIPLE
NOISE
NOISELESS
NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY
OBLIVIONISM
PLACES OF SILENCE
POETRY
PUBLIC-PRIVATE
RHETORICS OF DIALOGUE
UNIVERSE

PRACTICAL EXERCISE

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