a silent corner

Announcement card:

The Bureau wishes to advise that silence can be saved and turned into substance by following these simple directions. Enter a room in which there is a telephone, wait for it to ring, answer it and note the date and time of the conversation: _______ at _____ am/pm. Now wait again for a second conversation: _______  at  _____ am/pm. Calculate the length (substance) of time (silence) that passed between these two conversations by making every 60 minutes equal 3 centimetres: _______min. = _______cm. Results are to be recorded in the ‘Encyclopaedia of Silent Art’ at the room for two corners and a cube. Thank you.

Stamped by the Bureau of Calculating Silence © 1965

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Encyclopaedia of Silent Art

To make this work of silent art you must first enter a room in which there is a telephone. Wait for the telephone to ring, answer it and note the date and time of the ensuing conversation. _______ at _____ am/pm. Wait for a second call and again note the date and time. _______  at  _____ am/pm. Now calculate the length of time that passed between these two conversations by making every 60 minutes equal 3 centimetres: ______hrs. _______min. = _______cm

Take out this length of silence from the orange rectangle above and place it on the adjoining corner wall. You have now completed this work of silent art.

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Qty ID Medium HxWxD cm
1 silent orange

acrylic on MDF

4h x 38.4w x 7d cm
1 silent blue

acrylic on MDF

6h x 73.8w x 7d cm
1 blue

acrylic on MDF

28h x 85w x 7d cm
1 Encyclopaedia

acrylic on MDF

36h x 66.4w cm
Exhibitions
23/09/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, Queensland Art Gallery (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Brisbane
29/07/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, Art Gallery of New South Wales (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Sydney
30/04/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, National Gallery of Victoria (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Melbourne
17/03/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, National Gallery of Australia (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Canberra
23/05/1997 two corners and a cube, Galerie Köstring/Maier, München
Bibliography
Anna Clabburn, Toast of the under-35s’, The Age, Wednesday 6 May 1998, p.20.
Michael Wardell, ‘Art in the Age of Lost Innocence’, 1998 Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Moët & Chandon Australian Art Foundation, Melbourne 1998, p.7.