House of Eustolios, Kourion, Cyprus. Floor Mosaic, 5th c.
Nearby inscription: "This house, in place of its ancient armament of walls and iron and bronze and steel, has now girt itself with the much venerated symbols of Christ."
May 25, 2017
Krista Tippet: The Value of Spiritual Genius
Sacred Arts Initiative at St Vladimir's
Visiting Scholars Weigh In
BYZANTINE MATERIALITY CONFERENCE
It is commonplace to find Orthodox church music described as “icons in sound” (Google the phrase if you want proof). This saying demonstrates how Orthodox Christians think visually, sometimes at the expense of the aural—a tendency that goes beyond the Orthodox Church. The field of sound studies has been developing since the early 2000s, and one of its unifying aspects has been to “temper a tendency to think of hearing as a ‘secondary sense’—secondary, that is, to vision” (from the Grove Music Online article on Sound studies). Our vocabulary is indeed replete with multiple terms of sight—gaze, stare, look, gape, scrutinize, ogle, eyeball; but we have few similar terms for hearing. Sight indeed imposes itself differently than sound, and it is a mistake to simply resort to...
Arvo Pärt’s commencement speech at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, May 31, 2014.