being honeyed: an exhibition of sound(in)art
soma contemporary gallery
curated by richard carr
Yann Novak (US), Salomé Voegelin (Swiss/UK), Richard Carr (IRL), Lars Lundehave Hansen (DK) and Out of Silence; Reflections on Samuel Beckett's work.
"This is the case with the quality of being honeyed. Honey is a slow moving liquid; while it undoubtedly has a certain consistency and allows itself to be grasped, it soon creeps slyly from the fingers and returns to where it started from. It comes apart as soon as it has been given a particular shape, and what is more, it reverses the roles, by grasping the hands of whoever would take hold of it." Maurice Merleau-Ponty
In the 1940's Maurice Merleau-Ponty produced a series of radio broadcasts and critical papers outlining his phenomenology of perception, a world of art perceived rather than known. The quality of being honeyed expresses the reciprocity of his phenomenological inter-subjectivity. Although Merleau-Ponty describes his world of perception in visual terms, the sensibility of his perception however is not that of vision. It is not vision that painting and philosophy has liberated from representation; it is sonic perception, which is free of the visual stranglehold on knowledge and experience. (Salomé Voegelin)