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Published on Feb 28, 2011
http://www.nypl.org/live A Conversation Portrait at LIVE from the NYPL, April 9, 2010 PART I. ON THE PURSUIT OF SILENCE IN A NOISY WORLD GEORGE PROCHNIK in conversation with Paul Holdengräber Through his book, In Pursuit of Silence : Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, George Prochnik explores the benefits of decluttering our sonic world. Speaking with doctors, neuroscientists, acoustical engineers, monks, activists, educators, marketers, and citizens, Prochnik examines what gets lost when we can no longer find quiet. Some of the characters he's encountered on the road include:
• An architect pioneering a new kind of silent architecture in collaboration with the Deaf community at Gallaudet University. • A special operations soldier in Afghanistan (and former guitarist for Nirvana) who places silence at the heart of survival in war. • A sound engineer for shopping malls who ensures that the stores we visit never stop their auditory seductions. • A group of commuters who successfully revolted against piped-in music at Grand Central Station.
PART II. SOUND EXCITEMENT: ARTISTS & SCIENTISTS ON THE HEARD & UNHEARD Artist • Wendy Jacob presents Waves and Signs, a performative structure designed to carry low-frequency vibrations that are played through the floor. By sitting, standing, or lying on the stucture, all audience members will be able to experience tactile sound through their bodies- for example: the vibrations produced by spiny shrimp, and, the vibrations communicated between elephants through the ground.
Scientists • Sheila Patek probes the physical experience of sound in water with Sound Sensations in the Sea.
• Robert Sirvage examines the everyday experience of the visual and tactile world with Deaf Space.
• Caitlin O'Connell Rodwell presents the mechanisms used by elephants to communicate sound with Elephant Rumbles: Communication through the Vibrotactile Sense.
• Hansel Bauman discusses the Deaf Space Project at Gallaudet University. ------------------------------
~ Conversation Portrait by Flash Rosenberg ~ Artist-in-Residence, LIVE from the New York Public Library ~ ideas drawn as they are discussed in real time ~
Executive producers: Ron Qurashi, Diane Charles - for Intelligent Life Productions Sponsor: Lexus for L/Studio.com - for Team One Advertising: Chris Graves - for Lexus:Robin Pisz Live-drawing and direction: Flash Rosenberg Video editor: Sarah Lohman Theme music: Ken Rosenberg