Silent Space Stand Still is an exhibition exploring the use of sound in a mosque in central Athens that has long been silent. A series of sound interventions takes place in the Tzisdaraki mosque in Monastiraki Square over the period of a month.
Four artists, namely Athanasios Argianas, Tarek Atoui, Cevdet Erek and Dani Gal, use the medium of sound in their work give a performance, a talk or make some sort of live presentation inside or around the mosque. Following on from each performance, a work of theirs including elements of sound is housed in the mosque for a week. The exhibition thus functions as a series of solo presentations which in turn constitute an exhibition unit with its internal rhythms, exclamation marks, pauses and, finally, full stop.
Silent Space Stand Still aims to generate a dialogue with the space, the mosque being experienced anew through contemporary works of art. In particular, the exhibition reintegrates sound into a space originally built for that medium, an echo of the building’s original architectural purpose.
Silent Space Stand Still explores how sound can activate and frame physical space through a variety of strategies like rhythm, percussion, pitch, the use of voice and other instruments, the sampling of sounds and digital synthesis. Through a series of gestures and interventions the exhibition suggests an architecture of sound that can resonate through the site, and its history, touching the people inside it.