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The Art of Participating in Silence
Sztuka partycypacji w ciszy

Author(s): Anna Szyjkowska-Piotrowska
Subject(s): Sociology of Art
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: silence; art; participation

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of the essay is to use associations related to silence in order to ascertain whether “participation/participation in silence” is in fact an oxymoron. First, the reflection focuses on the possible meanings of silence. The author proposes treating silence as a performative (non)act of speech. She then uses the criteria developed by J.L. Austin to demonstrate the performative and abstract (and therefore not narrative or descriptive) nature of silence. Secondly, the expression “participation in silence” is considered in the light of Aristotle's views on the individual-community axis. Finally, earlier reflections are used to identify the links betweensilence and art. John Cage's 4'33 is a selected example, though not the only one. It turns out that participation in silence is not an oxymoron.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 20
  • Page Range: 75-82
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English