Symphony of Silence (SOS)
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Known primarily for his series of large-scale mobile sound system sculptures including Panzer (2011), Echodrohen (2014) Sentinnel (2018, launch forthcoming) which have earned him worldwide recognition, Nik Nowak is a German artist, curator and musician whose interdisciplinary artistic projects are concerned with the wider cultural, political and neuro-affective nuances of sound.
Symphony of Silence
At the end of August 2017 Berlin-based Nik Nowak was part of a delegation of international artists invited to participate in a purported programme of fostering ‘cultural exchange’ with North Korean counterparts at the University of Fine Arts, Pyongyang. Nowak envisaged the creation of a temporary vacuole of no-sound, or anti-sound, in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea (DMZ), as an interruption of the propagandistic sonic militarism of each side. By using their respective confrontational sound system installations to play an identical but phase-inverted sound, with the purpose of letting the sine waves cancel each other out thus creating an active silence, the artist sought to question the potential of the absence of sound to be non-ideological. Continually negotiating with a litany of intractable officials, at both State and university levels, in a highly regimented, sonically regulated society, his attempts at every turn were thwarted, silence being regarded by the North Korean apparatchiks as an unacceptable provocation suggestive of a surrender and running counter to their revolutionary struggle to reunify the two Koreas “with one single voice”. The main featured short film No Silence for the Great Leader (2018) documents the artist’s observations and challenges during this project.