Sleek #30 Summer 2011 sound|silence
There are evenings when the bass starts thumping through the ceiling of our editorial offices from the club above as early as 10pm – during office hours, in other words. It can be infuriating but it can also inspire you. To play air guitar, to feel your head pounding – or even to come up with the theme for the next magazine. But the idea for "Sound/Silence" actually came from something much more obvious: “a picture says more than a thousand words” as the saying goes – but have you really heard a picture saying anything? The pictures that usually fill our magazine are as silent as fish. Ok, enough of that nonsense, but honestly, wouldn’t it be wonderful if pictures really could talk? We thought so. Which is why we decided to do make it happen. So this issue you have a magazine in your hand, which you can look at as well as listen to. Using the CD inside. And so you won’t miss out on the whole hearing-while-seeing experience, you should have the CD to hand while you read. And when you come across an ear like this one [hier pikto], then play the respective track. Lots of these tracks have been recorded exclusively for sleek and have never been published anywhere else – just in case you’re thinking that we’ve just rummaged through the archives like the major German weeklies do every now and then to help boost floundering sales...
So what about the silence bit? Um... Long silence... Silence in editorial meetings on the subject of silence, resulting in intense moments of quiet contemplation. Or the silence of the people we were unable to get to contribute to this issue. Michel Houellebecq, for example, although we offered him a lot more than the 10 euro Prix Goncourt money he got for The Map and the Territory. Perhaps it wasn’t just a character with his name who died in the novel... although death does not necessarily condemn a person to silence, after all plenty of artists don’t get heard till they die. On the other hand, death can be a most uplifting experience. Marina Abramović has a song to sing about this – which she will indeed do, in the opera that Robert Wilson is putting on this summer. She can also be heard on our CD, where she describes silence as pure energy. We’ll shut up now.
Annika von Taube