SILENCE explores different aspects of the notion of silence. Silence not only to be seen as opposed to noise or as element to be used within sound experimental practice, rather as a tool in political and cultural practices. Silence is used and understood differently according to the ethic, national or religious customs. Silence can be beautiful and it can be frightening. The invited artists address the multilayered meaning of silence with different approach: silence and politics, silence and urbanity, silence and nature, physical and psychological silence.
The 2005 AGM is addressing the notion of SILENCE by being an event incorporated within the noisy experimental sound and video art festival SOUNDplay in TORONTO, Canada. SOUNDplay is a meeting point for experimentation in new media and sound art, produced by New Adventures in Sound Art, a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations in electroacoustic and experimental sound art. We would like to thank the whole SOUNDplay team, and particularly Darren and Nadene for their organizational effort, Laird for technical assistance and light design, Jamie for operational help and photo shooting, and also the teams of Prefix Gallery, Latvia House and CKLN radio for their precious support.
OnAir/Net is a radio event in 3 parts (Rhythmic Dialogues/All Frequencies Unrestricted/Audiography) broadcasted on air and streamed on the internet. Poets, sound artists, musicians and counter information activists create an environment where various cultural, artistic and performative productions meet, overlap, generate narratives and knowledge for discussion.
Issue#0 was a pilot-issue of AGM (Annual General Meeting), a long-term project. It took place in Trento (Italy) in 2003, hosted by “Sconfinart”, a private-public initiative with the aim to present various artistic formats and platforms in a single venue. “Sconfinart 2003” funded the AGM event.
Issue #0 was a performance event, in which 3 performances, “ENTER>NET”, “Gypsum” and “Light” were presented, highlighting different ways of approaching this artistic practice.
In this first event the organisational and curatorial aspects such as presentation to the audience, use of the location space, the 3-days-format event, collaborations with another structure in terms of budgeting and fees, and documentation means were critically assessed. Therefore Issue#0 was launched as a pilot project ought to be seen as a starting point for the future development of AGM.