Guy Ben-Ner, Moby Dick, 2000. Courtesy of Postmasters Gallery, New York.

No Sound


EXHIBITION: MAY 23 – JULY 19, 2009


Featuring work by Doug Aitken, Bas Jan Ader, Marcel Broodthaers, Guy Ben-Ner,

Trisha Donnelly, Nancy Graves, Henrik Håkansson, David Noonan, Paul Pfeiffer, and Diana Thater.


As music and sound from the internal reality of a moving image help to ground the viewer, silent film and video works create a space unmoored from time and temporal experience. Whether by direct aesthetic choice or technological necessity, the removal of sound pushes the viewer towards an almost hypnotic focus. No Sound features a selection of moving image works projected and installed on monitors throughout the Upper Gallery of the museum. The exhibition includes a number of films and videos that explore stillness, action, and our relationship to the natural and unnatural elements of the world around us.


No Sound includes silent moving-image work by three generations of artists, working in both Europe and the United States, in an eclectic mix of avant-garde film, rarely exhibited early video works, and recent film and video.


Matthew Thompson essay


No Sound is organized by the Aspen Art Museum and funded in part by the AAM National Council. Exhibition lectures are part of the Questrom Lecture Series.