Video essay Silence and the Embassy
The essay focusses on ACPA PhD Guy Livingstons´ experiences of silence within the former US Embassy in The Hague, a unique (and bizarre) building from 1955 by the brutalist architect Marcel Breuer.
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Guy Livingston is a pianist and radio-maker with a strong interest in twentieth-century avant-gardes. He studied architecture and music at Yale University, then moved to Boston, where he graduated from NEC and worked with John Cage on the first recording of Winter Music and performances of the Concert for Piano and Orchestra. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Leiden on the topic of frames in musical silence.
Livingston has a short article published in the special Stil(te) issue of Simulacrum magazine (tijdschrift voor kunst en cultuur) in which he discusses silence and architecture, specifically as it relates to and is measured by music. The special issue is a print magazine, but they created an online symposium, including also this video essay on silence.