Over the course of a year, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is presenting a monthly programme of films and videos by international established and emerging artists working in a documentary, experimental, essayistic or narrative style. Shown under the heading “Silent” Cinema, the series is devoted to films and videos that focus on the moving image alone and deliberately eschew sound. Although art tends to be shaped by the technological possibilities of its time, artists do occasionally choose not to make full use of them or to adopt earlier modes of production and presentation. Moreover, the exclusion of the spoken word seems to make for universally comprehensible films and videos. The fact that silent movies were, of course, not invariably without sound, but often accompanied by live music, is alluded to by the inverted commas in the title. What can happen in contemporary time-based art when it dispenses with sound? When silence envelops the viewer, leaving it to the images alone to affect, touch and challenge? These are the questions “Silent” Cinema seeks to investigate through works in which silence gives rise to wonder, to moments of intimacy and to alternate worlds.
Curator: Alice Koegel, Curator of Contemporary Art, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
(*1975 Suffern, New York, lives in Kent, London and New York),
Hyde Park, 2009
16 mm film transferred to DVD, b/w, silent, 11:31 minutes