Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz present an evening exploring silence and its varied manifestations, related to Boudry / Lorenz’s film Silent (2016), presented on High Line Channels from March 22–May 23, 2018. For the event, the artists have invited artist Ginger Brooks Takahashi to present a new performance that examines individuals’ impetus for breaking their own silences, specifically responding to John Cage’s iconic 4’33”, an integral element of Boudry / Lorenz’s film. Following Brooks Takahashi’s performance, Boudry / Lorenz will present a performative lecture drawing on the many texts that served as inspiration for the film.
Silent is an exhibition in video featuring the work of Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, artists who have been working together in Berlin since 2007. Their videos focus on historical moments, usually with an inclination toward unrepresented lives and communities. They often frame their 16mm films through performance, as a way to heighten the embodiment of characters who are often brought together across different historical moments, facts, and fictions.
For the High Line, Boudry and Lorenz present Silent, a work starring the musician Aérea Negrot performing John Cage’s score 4’33” (1952). The video begins with Negrot standing in front of a bank of microphones as if to address a press conference, in the center of Oranienplatz in Berlin, where a refugee protest camp existed from 2012-2014. Negrot holds her silence for the length of Cage’s piece, and then finishing with a song. The short film explores how silence is both an oppressive experience and an act of strong resistance, as well as how these two aspects of silence are connected.
Image: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Silent, 2016 (still). Courtesy of the artists and Marcelle Alix