At 12 noon PST on Saturday May 23 2020, 397 people from 5 continents participated in The Silent Academy – Synchronized Stillness.
The event started when everyone, apart but together, pressed ‘play’ on a piece of music called ‘Location 2’ by a band called Colourmusic. The piece was extracted from the sequence, Mathewson, OK. – a concept album about a place that is no longer real.
Colors from the album-cover informed The Silent Academy’s Instagram feed in the days leading up to the event.
When the music stopped, all participants received a prompt. The prompt read ‘Sometimes it is not impossible’.
Apart but together we worked on our responses to the prompt. Sixty minutes later a large percentage of participants submitted their work to the Silent Academy archive. Some people wrote to express thanks. Some people didn’t submit work but still, in some way, were present. All responses released dopamine.
Everyone who took part in the event received a certificate of participation, which they were encouraged to burn. If you took part in the Synchronized Stillness and are not yet in possession of a small amount of ash you only have yourself to blame.
In the days leading up to the Synchronized Stillness a number of people requested a newsletter from The Silent Academy. In the moments and days after the event a number of people requested another Synchronized Stillness.
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In response to requests for another Synchronized Stillness – The Silent Academy has synchronized similar events before but we are usually active; walking, listening, working with the environments we occupy around the world. For the recent event, ‘Stillness’ was a theme to point our minds at the impossibility of stillness, to dissolve the sense of isolation that many people are feeling at the moment. In recognizing stillness we are active. There will be another event. But not too soon.
Colourmusic should be thanked again, especially Ryan.
All participants should be thanked again. That you were there for each other was good to see.