Everything we do is music

Music is the only art form I know nothing about, still I see and hear music in all the other arts; rhythm, pattern, movement, balance, silence, emptiness … these are all important qualities also in poetry and visual arts. At the Drawing Room in London the exhibition Everything we do is music is underlining the affinities. You…

Scatterbrained

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency. –John Cage Fan Ho – Construction, 1957 Photographer Fan Ho was born in Shanghai, China in 1931 and immigrated to Hong Kong in his teens where he then began to photograph the drama of city life, ranging from the teeming markets to desolate alleyways.

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Opening the Cage: 14 Variations on 14 Words

Yesterday, Anne Michael told me about the Scottish poet Edwin Morgan, who started out with a line by Cage: I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry. ~ John Cage which he made into a new poem, like this: Opening the Cage: 14 Variations on 14 Words I have to say poetry…

If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep …

… some notes on Lecture on Nothing – an impressionistic summary of John Cage’s brilliant text Nothing more then nothing can be said. We make our lives by what we love. Being American, having been trained to be sentimental, I fought for noises … when the war came along, I decided to use only quiet sounds….

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 &…

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency

   some of the quotes in this post are sampled from brain pickings, surf over and have a look! * * * In my opinion every year could & should be a John Cage year, this year actually is. John Cage (1912-1992)  John Cage meets D.T. Suzuki in Japan, 1962 I once asked Aragon, the historian,…

Yoko Ono

Have I ever told you how much I love the art of Yoko Ono? I am used to think of her as a visual performance artist, but she is also a great conceptual writer, just have a look at this: Dance Report – on hiding Dance Report – on facing Yoko Ono moved from Japan…