to do nothing is very difficult,

or; there is no such thing as silence –

Just as Robert Wilson, I still find John Cage‘s Lecture on Nothing to be revolutionary new, this is how it begins (click on page to get a better view):

Robert Wilson on Cage:

To my mind Lecture on Nothing is text as music and theater, as philosophy & comedy, and freedom! No doubt the text is very stimulating for me as a writer, its not like I will copy Cage, but his words set my thoughts off in all kinds of direction; they feed my creativity and make me discover new paths in my own project.

John Cage (1912-1992), STUDYING mushrooms & silence


8 thoughts on “to do nothing is very difficult,

  1. Oooooops! He scored it as music, with a special notation for the page. Four columns. Each takes exactly the same length of time, like a bar of music. The placement of the words within the column and the number of words within a column, etc, all indicate timing, but it must take place within the amount of time the column takes. Asterisks and space indicate silence. Cool, eh!

    1. I see, its the way he has “set” the page of some of his own texts, actually as is done in e.g Lecture for Nothing?
      And here comes a stupid language question: what exactly does the word “score” mean here?

      1. Hi, oh my, I am being so confusing. “Score”, as in “musical score”. The musician (Cage) has set up a grid (What you see on the “Lecture for Nothing”) to provide performance notes for his words, just as, say, Bach did for musical notes. A thought comes to me … have you heard him read these things? They are entrancing to listen to. He is such a fine speaker.

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