Friday, 19 February 2010

Space makes form

Thirty spokes converge upon a single hub:
it is on the hole in the centre that
the use of the cart hinges.

Shape clay into a vessel:
it is the space within that makes it useful.
Carve fine doors and windows,
but the room is useful in its emptiness.

The usefulness of what is
depends on what is not.
Tao Te Ching, 11

'A composer once told me that the silence from which each note emerges is more important than the note itself. He said that it's the empty space between the notes that literally allows the music to be music - if there's no void, there's only continuous sound' (Dyer, 2007:54)

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