Dhamma Hall is my artistic reflection on a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat at Dhamma Sobhana, Lyckebygården, near Ödeshög, Sweden, from 7th to 18th May 2014. We were about 80 people with a teacher on location – Irek Sroka – and the main teacher – the late S. N. Goenka – on hard drive and video. It was 10 days of so-called noble silence, and this sonic work was stirred by the few sounds that could be heard, and thus was disproportionately amplified in one’s mind: The wheezing of the radiators; the occasional coughing of the meditators, spatially spread through the sounding space of the meditation hall; sighs from meditators with aching backs; birds in the nature surrounding the hall, some train whistles heard on Goenka’s videos from Mombay (here imitated by a flute) etcetera. I asked my fellow attendant Jakob Andersen to recall Goenka’s chanting on his violin afterwards, at home in Jutland, and his scratchy incisions are applied to the rest of the sounds, and to the silence out of which they came and returned.
released August 28, 2016
Composition: Ingvar Loco Nordin. Violin: Jacob Andersen.
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