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Bill Viola - 30/06/2011 -

When one enters a Gothic sanctuary, it is immediately noticeable that sound commands the space. This is not just a simple echo effect at work, but rather all sounds, no matter how near, far, or loud, appear to be originating at the same distant place…Chartres and other edifices like it have been described as “music frozen in stone”…
Bill Viola

Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 22/02/2010 -

[Our experience of perception comes from our being present] at the moment when things, truths, and values are constituted for us; that perception is a nascent Logos; that it teaches us, outside of all dogmatism, the true conditions of objectivity itself; that is summons us to the tasks of knowledge and action. It is not a question of reducing human knowledge to sensation, but of assisting at the birth of this knowledge, to make it as sensible as the sensible, to recover the consciousness of rationality. This experience of rationality is lost when we take it for granted as self-evident, but is, on the contrary, rediscovered when it is made to appear against the background of non-human nature.

-Aldous Huxley - 22/02/2010 -

The twentieth century is, among other things, the Age of Noise. Physical noise, mental noise, and noise of desire - we hold histoty's record for them. And no wonder; for all the resources of our almost miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assoult against silence.