Charles Stankievech

The Eye of Silence

dark abstract image of rock formations

Charles Stankievech, still from The Eye of Silence Series, 2022. Video, 30:00. Courtesy the Studio Stankievech. Collection of The Vega Foundation.

Charles Stankievech, The Eye of Silence

Charles Stankievech’s new video work The Eye of Silence, marshals high atmospheric video recordings of the Albertan Badlands, the Utah Salt Flats, Icelandic & Japanese volcanoes, and a meteorite crater in the Namibian desert. Visualizing the Earth at the critical moments of its evolution–this presentation speculates about the moment when life on the planet was seeded from a frozen meteorite. Accompanying the visuals, temporality and timelessness entwine in a sonic fugue, combining both subterranean beats and cosmic noise—inviting the visitor to meditate on deep time, deep space, and deep listening.


Charles Stankievech, The Eye of Silence, 2023. Collection of The Vega Foundation. Directed by Charles Stankievech. Producer: Ala Roushan. Production: The Vega Foundation. Co-Production: Canada Council for the Arts. The work is included in Charles’ solo exhibition The Desert Turned to Glass, on view at Contemporary Calgary March 2 –  May 14, 2023. 


Charles Stankievech (b. Okotoks, Canada) is an artist, writer and curator, whose award-winning work has been shown at institutions including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; Kunste Werke, Berlin; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; National Gallery of Canada; TBA21, Vienna; as well as several biennials from Venice to SITE Santa Fe. He has lectured at dOCUMENTA (13) and the 8th Berlin Biennale, and his writing has been published by Verso, MIT, Sternberg Press, e-flux, and Princeton Architectural Press. He is an editor of Afterall Journal (U of Chicago Press), a co-founder of the Yukon School of Visual Art, and was Director of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto from 2015-2021, where he is currently Associate Professor. For 2022-23, Stankievech is a visiting researcher in the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo.