Silent is an exhibition in video featuring the work of Pauline Boudry (b. 1972, Lausanne, Switzerland) and Renate Lorenz (b. 1963, Berlin, Germany), 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 then continues walking through the park, holding her silence (and her cigarette) for the length of Cage’s piece, and 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