Ján Gašparovič

*1981 Žilina, lives and works in Žilina 
www.jangasparovic.blogspot.sk 

There Is No Absolute Silence (The Rest is Noise)

Passage through the inner courtyard behind 
the House of the Lords of Kunštát 
49.19299, 16.60658
Every day 10 am – 6 pm
glass fibre acoustic wedges, mineral wool, wood, OSB

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Jan Gašparovič’s installation is inspired by the anechoic room model used in scientific research. In the busy city centre, however, it stands for the equivalent of a modern hermit rather than laboratory conditions; not completely isolated from the surrounding world, it nevertheless helps to sort and filter information. If the noise that cannot be escaped in today’s world is taken as a metaphor for information pollution and the cause of our distraction, superficiality or loss of identity, then Gašparovič’s soundproof pocket is a place that exposes our perceptions. It is a place that reduces not only reverberation, but also the current information ballast to which we are exposed on a daily basis.