June 15, 2020

What Does Silence Tell You?

Marfa is often described as quiet. In comparison to bigger cities, it is quiet! BUT! When you allow yourself to sit in true silence here, or anywhere, you realize the many noises that fill this vast space. Listening closely in Marfa, you might hear the grasslands rustling in the wind, cattle mooing on the ranch, music trickling out of car windows, or the call of the White Winged Dove. One of Michael's favorite places to sit and listen is Donald Judd's unfinished concrete buildings that sit along the edge of Chinati's campus. Michael enjoys the isolation of this spot where he can listen without distraction to sounds from the natural world. Today, we are going to spend dedicated time listening to sounds we hear around us and describing them in our process journals.

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Marfa is often described as quiet. In comparison to bigger cities, it is quiet! BUT! When you allow yourself to sit in true silence here, or anywhere, you realize the many noises that fill this vast space. Listening closely in Marfa, you might hear the grasslands rustling in the wind, cattle mooing on the ranch, music trickling out of car windows, or the call of the White Winged Dove. One of Michael's favorite places to sit and listen is Donald Judd's unfinished concrete buildings that sit along the edge of Chinati's campus. Michael enjoys the isolation of this spot where he can listen without distraction to sounds from the natural world. Today, we are going to spend dedicated time listening to sounds we hear around us and describing them in our process journals.

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Marfa muchas veces es descrito como un lugar tranquilo. Y en comparación con ciudades más grandes ¡lo es! ¡PERO… cuando te dejas estar absoluto silencio aquí o en cualquier lado notarás muchos pequeños sonidos los cuales llenan este vasto lugar! Escucha detalladamente a Marfa podrás escuchar la pradera resonar en el viento, el ganado bramar en los ranchos, la música desde la ventana de un coche, o la llamada de la paloma de ala blanca. Uno de los lugares favoritos de Michael para sentarse y escuchar son los edificios sin terminar de concreto de Donald Judd, en el perímetro del campus de Chinati. Michael, disfruta el aislamiento de este lugar donde puede escuchar sin distracciones los sonidos naturales de su entorno. Hoy, vamos a dedicar el tiempo a escuchar nuestro alrededor y describir esto en nuestro cuaderno de proceso.

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