In 2003 I wrote a book entitled ‘Book of Silence’. There is nothing on the pages of the book. My idea is, that if I don’t give any information for the eyes and/or mind, then a concentrated reader perhaps start to hear and listen to his/her own inner sounds — ideas, thoughts…or other activity happening in the brain and body while “reading” the book. Instead of taken my ideas, I wanted to support the idea to find the reader’s own sounds.
The second level behind the ‘silent book’ is, that actually the book is never quite empty (or silent), as there is always present the materiality of the pages: its presence depends on what kind of paper has been used in the book. And also, there might be some dirt here and there on the empty pages, and/or the printing process might have produced some non-intentional information for the pages of the book (ink blots, dirt…). So this level is more about the visual side & visual interpretation of the silent book.