Awakened Silence: A Projected Performance
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Abstract
"Awakened Silence appropriates techniques of performance, installation and film to memorialize lives lost in recent mass shootings, reveal humanity’s fixed relationship to technology and subvert the effects of media overload. It draws from the experience of first responders hearing the incessant sounds of phones after appearing on the scene. The project involves the video and audio recording of hundreds of cell phones turning on after a 24-hour period of silence. The resulting film captures a compilation of messages and notifications, which are composed into a projected performance of darkness and silence gradually awakened by a crescendo of light and sound."