While the exhibition showcases visual artifacts, the focus is on sound.
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The question underlies an inventive and challenging new exhibition in New York that explores the fundamentals of sound and how they relate to the quest to understand the self and the cosmos.Expanding on the "Om" concept, the exhibition asks artists to imagine the sound heard in the vibrations from the Big Bang, the sudden expansion of matter considered by astrophysicists to mark the birth of the universe.Yeh said he gave loose guidelines to the artists on imagining the sound of creation. Still, he was struck that almost all of the artists chose to use the human voice.The exhibition also offers introductions into late experimental composer Pauline Oliveros' concept of "deep listening," which involves fully letting go to take in the sound of the environment.
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