DATE 1980
TECHNIQUE Artist’s book rolled
EDITION Unique word
PROPERTY Concha Jerez Archive
DIMENSIONS (70 x 15)cm
Work made up of a cylindrical cardboard container, which contains a translucent acetate intervened with the author’s definition of silence.
CONCEPT The content of the work was made with the definition written with a permanent black marker of the concept of SILENCE distributed permutatory in seven columns.This definition is:

  • Silence
  • Conventional sign
  • (A musical sign)
  • Transmit
  • Aesthetic
  • Sounds

In each of the seven columns, the word corresponding to the definition appears in black typeface letters attached to the paper.

HISTORY This work originated in 1980 as a tribute to Juan Hidalgo, who introduced me to John Cage’s experience in the anechoic chamber.  I then created this small work as an artist’s booklet rolled up and placed in a cigarette case. Later I presented this content in an intervention on the wall of a small chapel as part of the installation I made in 1989 in the Chapel of the Oidor in Alcalá de Henares on the theme “TRANSGRESSION OF TIMES”.
EXHIBITIONS This work is exhibited at the Galería de Saro León in 2009 in the Concha Jerez solo exhibition “MÚSICA DIARIA”.
In 2020, it will be presented at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, within the Concha Jerez exhibition entitled “QUE NOS ROBAN LA MEMORIA”.
OTHER INFORMATION In 2018 he made a version specifically for Es Baluard. In this adaptation, the definition of silence appears developed in seven different languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, German, French, Italian and Portuguese in each of the seven columns, in such a way that the word corresponding to the definition of each of the languages appear in letters with different fonts attached to the wall, always in black. With this work in situ in the museum space, the artist calls for silence and encourages us to listen carefully to what is happening around us. The place where the work is located is part of it and is a living element, with sounds that change throughout the day. With Silence, Concha Jerez offers us a different poetic experience, appreciating the museum through its sounds.
Link to the work in ESBALUARD MUSEU