Reverse Silence is a live collaborative performance curated by Janna Dyk, featuring a video installation by French artist Karine Laval with sound and music improvisation by jazz composer and trombonist James Hall, experimental composer and cellist Meaghan Burke, woodwind player Aaron Kruziki, and live transmission artist Morgan O’Hara.
A nod to the centennial of composer and musician John Cage’s writings on Silence, the performance debuted the silent film installation “Reverse” by Karine Laval. The event itself becomes a reversal of Cageian silence. Laval’s film installation is a video animation of stills projected onto the wall of the gallery, mirrored and distorted by a reflective surface installed onto the floor by the artist. Absent of acoustic sound, the video installation serves as the instigation for the collaborative moment, as in turn Hall, Burke, and Kruziki separately create live compositions of sound in response to viewing the silent images.