Paweł Althamer. Silence

Date

From 01 June 2021 to 30 September 2022

Hours

11:00–22:00

Place

Garage Square
Age limit — 0+

The spatial installation Silence by Polish artist Paweł Althamer is a garden for meditation built in the square in front of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

To Althamer, each element of the garden—be it a fallen tree or a particular deciduous bush—is a hidden quote, while the composition as a whole is a unique environment where the restless city dweller of today can alter the regime of time, as if transported to a picturesque space in a past era, where the rhythm and pace of life were not by default accelerated to the limit. According to Althamer, Silence is a space where everything happens here and now. It is only in such a space that we can truly find time for ourselves. 

Working with the community of people with disabilities, with whom he organizes regular sculpture and drawing workshops, has been an important part of Althamer’s practice since 1993. For the artist, this special kind of collaborative authorship represents the therapeutic power of art in action, as well as art’s ability to socialize individuals whose life is otherwise almost invisible to society. For Silence, Althamer collaborated with local specialists in working with people with disabilities to create a number of meditations and spiritual and physical practices accessible to everyone, which take place in the garden at specific times. The garden meditations are based on the principle of audio description (a type of narration used to convey visual information to the blind) and require objective and non-judgmental description of objects and the space, which allows us to experience a reality that seems obvious in a different way.  Another featured practice, the yoga of vibrations, works with a kind of concentration aided not by music but by vibrations created using instruments such as singing bowls or tuning forks.


Curator: Andrey Misiano

Paweł Althamer. Silence

Public program

Group meditation sessions for the project Silence

Four days a week, the space of Paweł Althamer’s installation Silence will be activated through group meditation sessions. In a unique situation created by the artist at the intersection of two spaces—Gorky Park and his garden Silence—visitors can forget about the city noise and rush and enjoy peace and silence using meditation techniques developed by seven mediators/performers in collaboration with the artist.

Date
June 1–September 30, 2021
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Meditation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Visitors

Garage invites deaf and hard of hearing visitors to take part in meditation sessions, organized as part of Polish artist Paweł Althamer’s Silence project.

Date
June 6–September 30, 2021
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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