The right to silence – The right to speak! Silence is a topic that is increasingly fascinating to students. Tourism and urban densification are putting pressure on the city. We have laws regulating the right to have a home, to have green space and to be safe, but how about the right to silence? And what is this silence that we presume we are entitled to? Silence may seem desirable from a Western point of view, and yet some silences – like censorship – are to be feared. Perhaps the right to silence is also the right to speak sometimes.
In order to research the emerging role of silence within the architectural practice, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture has joined forces with the artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck as part of the Artist in Residence (AiR) programme. Sarah graduated in architecture from TU Delft, but then studied art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (National Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam. The many facets of silence are her inspiration and a recurring theme within her work.
1 March 15:00 -17:00