19min 11sec, August 2017
Silence Was Golden is an on-going global art project centered around words or short phrases made out of golden letter shaped balloons, chosen by performers to express themselves.
The project invites people everywhere to use art in their daily lives. Public Delivery then shows this project in art institutions internationally to bridge the gap between institutions and people. Participants range from people living in slums to Hollywood actors.
The project is open and free to participation, aiming to complete performances in every country of the world.
Silence Was Golden was performed 303 times in 33% of the world’s countries (218 cities, 64 countries, six continents).
Map of performances
This site-specific and participatory project gives individuals and communities the opportunity to express themselves on multiple platforms and collaborate with others who may or may not have a professional art background. This project is open to everyone and therefore works to help people appreciate and engage in visual art. The ultimate goal of the project is to have an open, free, global participatory collection of works while inspiring people of all backgrounds to communicate through art as well as connect people from all backgrounds.
Silence Was Golden is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, turning every day objects into art, Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures, very short and often funny looking performances and lastly by graffiti, using both bold letters and an audacious approach towards public space, frequently working without permission.
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Exhibitions / Workshops / Screenings
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan - Fairy Tales
• Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, USA - Public Art Live
• Public Art Festival: Survival, Athens, Greece
• World Humanities Conference (2017) by UNESCO ICPHS (The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences) & UNESCO MOST (Management of Social Transformations), Liege, France
• Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, California, USA (upcoming)
• Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden (upcoming)
• The Story Of Festival, Goa, India (upcoming)
• Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China (upcoming)
Locations of performances
Albania Kukës, Tirana
Austria Graz, Salzburg, Vienna
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar
Cambodia Phnom Penh
Canada Banff, Edmonton, Toronto
Cape Verde Praia
China Bayingolin, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dunhuang, Guilin, Hangzhou, Hezuo, Hong Kong, Jiayuguan, Kunming, Longsheng, Menghai, Pu’er, Sanya, Shanghai, Tianshui, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiahe, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Yanoda Rainforest, Zhangye
Croatia Varaždin, Zagreb
Denmark Aabenraa, Esbjerg, Ribe
France Metz, Montbéliard, Nancy, Orléans, Paris
Germany Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Bottrop, Bremen, Detmold, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dülmen, Düsseldorf, Essen, Freiburg (Kenzingen), Gelsenkirchen, Halle, Haltern am See, Hamm, Heidelberg, Herford, Herten, Hüttenberg, Kamen, Kiel, Köln, Ludwigslust, Mülheim, Münster, Oberhausen, Osnabrück, Tecklenburg, Teutoburg Forest, Wetzlar (Ehringshausen)
Greece Athens, Thessaloniki
Holy See Vatican City
Israel Tel Aviv
Italy Alberobello, Lecce, Manfredonia, Milano, Paestum, Procida
Kiribati South Tarawa
Kuwait Kuwait City, Shuwaikh
Malaysia Pulau Rawa
Mexico Chihuahua City, Ciudad Juárez
Montenegro Kotor, Podgorica
New Zealand Dunedin, Wellington
Peru Machu Picchu, Tarapoto
Qatar Singing Sand Dunes
San Marino San Marino
South Africa Lothair (Mpumalanga)
South Korea Gangneung, Gwangju, Incheon, Jeongdongjin, Seoraksan, Seoul, Sokcho
Spain Barcelona, Figueres, Portlligat
Sri Lanka Colombo
Switzerland Grindelwald, Kandersteg, La Chaux-des-Fonds, Murten, Staad, Stoos
Thailand Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Phanom, Nonthaburi
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ra’s al-Chaima
United Kingdom Edinburgh, London
USA Alaska, Atlanta, Birmingham, Calimesa, Charlotte, Chicago, Coloma, Detroit, Disneyland, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Gaffney, Galveston, Hawaii, Hollywood, Houston, Iraan, Jackson, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Altos, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Miami Beach, Monterey, New Jersey, New Orleans, Newark, NYC, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Placerville, Portland, PortMiami, Primm, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Tampa, Truth or Consequences, Valentine, Washington D.C., Webster