Everything we do is music

Music is the only art form I know nothing about, still I see and hear music in all the other arts; rhythm, pattern, movement, balance, silence, emptiness … these are all important qualities also in poetry and visual arts.

At the Drawing Room in London the exhibition Everything we do is music is underlining the affinities. You can see more about the exhibition here. The curator Shanay Jhaveri has an excellent presentation which it is not possible to embed here, but I do hope you find it at vimeo.

Shahzia Sikander is one of the contemporary artists included in the exhibition. A fine presentation of her work Disruption as Rapture can be found here:

John Cage, paraphrasing the Metaphysicist Ananda Coomaraswamy, said: The purpose of music is to sober and quiet the mind, thus making it susceptible to divine influences. This might sound strained, but I never found any form of meditation quieting my mind just as much as drawing do. And I think this is a main reason why I keep on sketching.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rio says:

    Disruption as Rapture is an interesting title. “The narrative doesn’t end at the edges” is very evocative too, which is how she describes the art of the unknown artists. Quieting the mind is not however an end in itself (I have found) as the more you desire it the more your desire for a quiet mind disrupts it. Better to learn how to let disquiet rise and fall as it will and be okay with that. When drawing draw, when eating eat, when walking walk, when sitting sit. Are you thinking about something or are you “lost in thought?”
    I met John Cage very briefly, my husband took him to the airport after he had a performance in Toronto. I was too shy to speak to him. He was very kind to my husband who was also very overcome with awe and told him a story about how nervous he was with Marcel DuChamp when he first would visit him to play chess. My husband felt he was telling him the story to help him relax.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you, Rio! Every now and then I go back to Cage, I love his cunningness.

  2. Wow, I love the South Asian/Indian galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and have visited them often. Last time I was there, they were closed for renovation and I was sad. Now I will have to return as soon as possible,

    1. Sigrun says:

      Living in the periphery I am very happy someone invented the internet … unfortunately I rarely have the opportunity to see South Asian art “live” around here.


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