The Table of Silence is an art installation that embraces humanity and lets individuals reflect on the idea that we share the same space on earth and in a sense are invited to the same “”Table””.
Rossella Vasta created 100 ceramic dishes of the same size using the technique of “”mezzo ingobbio””. A repeated image was realized on the white surface working with white glazing to reproduce a symbolic idea of the “” banquet””. White is the color chosen to represent silence.
Silence allows us to perceive sound as it happens, and to perceive relationships between ideas.
This table creates a poetic visual metaphor where visual and conceptual ideas are realized.
As an experience, The Table of Silence is a silent space to let people reflect, talk and express themselves. Silence is the condition necessary for listening and when we listen to others we make space for others and become tolerant.
The repetition of the 100 dishes of tolerance becomes a meditative mantra. This recalls the idea of a never-ending body of individuals that are unified by the repetition of one. The dishes become the offering to humanity and represent transcendental values beyond any religion. Thus, the “table” becomes a sacred space with no discrimination.
Thus begins in silence, a peaceful dialogue. With each installation of The Table of Silence, collaboration will occur with a local artist or an architect or a choreographer so that the installation becomes like a “host preparing the table for guests”.
The Table of Silence will be installed at London Pleasure Gardens for The Global Summit 2012 with the American choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi present to guide the dance she originally choreographed to commemorate the Victims of 9/11 for the Table of Silence 2011 installation on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.