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Tom Kotik’s Architectures of Silence at the Joan Miró Foundation

BARCELONA.- The Czech-born artist Tom Kotik (1969), who lives in New York, will be presenting Architectures of Silence, a series of works dealing with both the physical aspects of silence and the materials that allow it to be constructed, as well as with the socio-political implications suggested by the concept of silence itself. Kotik constructs a discourse on the dynamics of power and repression, and on the strategic and often perverse uses of silence, with works that explicitly suggest silence by combining the idea of “absence”, implicit in the term, with the physical “presence” of a silence that becomes highly material. Rational Impulse (2004) is an interactive sound sculpture formed of two sound-proof boxes that have been designed for rock-music to be played at top volume without more than a slight murmur being heard outside. When the viewer opens the boxes, a deafening blast of music from Kotik’s own band, The Mighty High