“The Ear of the Heart”: Silence, Listening, and the Monastery
Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave.
Tue., Sep. 26, 2017, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
“The Ear of the Heart”: Silence, Listening, and the Monastery is a presentation by Tim Gallati exploring the nature of monastic silence in the Trappist tradition and its relationship to listening, as encountered in sound recordings. We will listen to field recordings from monasteries as well as soundscapes of urban environments; interspersed with reflections from poetry, monastic theology, and historiographies of noise. We will look at emerging technologies attempting to reshape our experiences of noise in modern life. All with an ear towards the entreaty that begins the Rule of St. Benedict, to listen “with the ear of the heart…”
Tim Gallati is an MDiv Candidate (‘18) studying experiences of “silence” in nature and contemplative practice with applications in virtual and augmented realities. Tim’s research focuses on accounts of listening to “silence” in sound art, poetry, and Catholic monastic theology. His field work has led him to long-term residencies at two Trappist monasteries (Abbey of New Clairvaux, St. Joseph’s Abbey), and extended backpacking trips into One Square Inch of Silence, a natural quiet preserve in Olympic National Park. Tim has built VR applications for guided breathing meditations, teaching Tai Chi, and the act of journalism, and is co-authoring a paper measuring the physiological responses to biofeedback visualizations of participant’s breath in VR.
Gazette Classification: Humanities, Lecture, Religion
Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions
Contact: CSWR: 617.495.4495