Micah Silver’s “Figures in Air” Gets Second Edition Printing

Micah Silver, Figures in Air. Book cover, 2019.
ACT at MIT

Emerging artist and theorist Micah Silver (SMACT ’13) elaborates on the impact of audio on human behavior and social space in his book Figures in Air. The book sold out of its first pressing, and a second edition has just been launched. Micah’s research ranges from Meillassoux and a triangulation of audio’s trans-substance, to Yves Klein’s Air Architecture, through La Monte Young’s Dream House, and culminates in a discussion of historically significant audio systems and their importance as ephemeral social architectures made of air.

While at ACT, Micah’s work began to focus on using air as a compositional material in the series Air Rooms. There was a showing of one at The Cube, another at Windward School in Los Angeles called Answers Are How Questions Are Lost to Ideology. The large-scale concept store MUSICX, which premiered at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids Michigan, expanded on themes from the book and served as the official launch for the speculative formula for temporaneity (the transubstance of audio) discussed in the text.  It was a 20′ cued/timed installation featuring the Director of The Lawnmower Man, voiceovers by New Age radio host Stephen Hill, and music by orchestra composer Adam Schoenberg. 

The book came out of his written thesis, also called Figures in Air. The first edition with Inventory Press, at the time an outgrowth of the NYC design studio Project Projects (now info.co based in LA) was published in 2015, had distribution in the US and EU and sold out in 2017. There were a number of responses to the book in the form of performances  and reading groups. It was used in a number of workshops taught by Ernst Karel at venues like Sonic Acts in Amsterdam. 

Micah Silver is an artist and curator who studied music at Wesleyan and in MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology program. His work has been produced by Mass MoCA, Issue Project Room, Palais de Tokyo, and OK Zentrum, among other venues internationally.