Thursday, 20 May 2010

Silent Poets?

This sounds (whisper it) a bit silly.

Chris Doris: 10 Poets Observe in Silence
22 May 2010


For One Working Day : Sat 22nd May 10-5pm. Break 1-2pm

10 POETS OBSERVE IN SILENCE continues Chris Doris' series of public interventions utilizing silence as a medium of shared, public inquiry. Doris' ground breaking work of public art, 40 days and 40 nights (Croagh Patrick, 99) opened the way for the more recent silence works  SILENCER - 30 days of silence 2007 and WHATSHAPPENING  (Dáil Eireann , Irish parliament, 2009).


For 10 POETS OBSERVE IN SILENCE, eminent Irish poets, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Chris Agee, Paddy Burke, Kevin Higgins, Rachel Hegarty, Seamus Cashman, Patrick Chapman, Barbara Smith, Eamonn Lynskey and the artist, sit in sustained silence in the sculpture hall of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The participants observe ‘self’ as process, conditioned responsiveness and emergent stillness. Awareness moves to phenomena arising in the local and non-local relational fields and switches to and from self process.

10 poets is informed by congruencies in the research of physics, biology, neuroscience, western psychology and eastern experiential, philosophical practices. 
 

The work is neither performance nor spectacle of endurance - it is an invitation to a subtle & formative mode of observation and communication.

Public participation is invited at the venue and non-locally, by remote attention.  

9 comments:

Words A Day said...

I misread this, thought they would be sitting in "stunned silence." Enjoyed this post, it gave me a good laugh. Probably just laughing at my own ignorance.

Niamh B said...

Further evidence of the incredible rise in popularity of poetry, even silent poets are being hired to work at a rate of time and a half, of a saturday, and they are not even required to read a poem... Poets, the new rock stars...

About Mags Treanor said...

hmm, I would definitely embrace guerrilla terrorists taking a day out to sit in silence, but surely those who are gifted with words might do more politically, artistically and get more attention if they decided to spend a day creating words instead of silence...

Emerging Writer said...

Maybe us guerilla poets should head along and heckle - misquote poems, preferably their own until they break and correct us

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Sa Toya said...

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IrishMammy said...

I guess they are in a way mirroring society today; TDs who don't do their jobs, bankers who don't do theirs and the watchdogs who turn a blind eye. Maybe they are representing the contradictory silence of the rest of us at a time when we should be screaming!

Emerging Writer said...

Oh Irishmammy, that is so deep I'm going to have to go and lie down in my hammock and think about it