Erling Kagge recounts his expedition through Antarctica: in 1992/93, he was the first person to reach the South Pole alone and on foot. After a few days, he says, a great awareness of the monotonous environment and the silence set in. In his book “Silence in the Age of Noise” (2017) he dealt in detail with the meaning of silence. What is silence? Where do I find it? Why does silence matter? In conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kagge shares his experiences. For him, silence is not the absence of noise, but the capacity for self-reflection.
“I have spent half of my life searching for silence, but I never found it – I don’t think silence as such actually exists.”
– Erling Kagge