Silent Space Stand Still was an exhibition exploring the use of sound in a mosque in central Athens that had long been silent.
A series of sound interventions took place in the Tzisdaraki mosque in Monastiraki Square over the period of a month. Dani Gal was one of four artists who made use the medium of sound in their work for the exhibition. The exhibition functioned as a series of solo presentations which in turn constituted an exhibition unit with its internal rhythms, exclamation marks, pauses and, finally, full stop. Silent Space Stand Still aimed to generate a dialogue with the space, the mosque being experienced anew through contemporary works of art. In particular, the exhibition reintegrated sound into a space originally built for that medium, an echo of the building’s original architectural purpose.
Silent Space Stand Still exploreded how sound can activate and frame physical space through a variety of strategies like rhythm, percussion, pitch, the use of voice and other instruments, the sampling of sounds and digital synthesis. Through a series of gestures and interventions the exhibition suggested an architecture of sound that can resonate through the site, and its history, touching the people inside it.
The Tzisdaraki Mosque, built in 1759, has been a Museum since 1918. It is currently an annex of the Museum of Greek Folk Art, housing a collection of Modern Greek ceramics.