Monday, September 20, 2010
John Cage and pianist David Tudor formulated an idea for a performance with multiple participants who would perform during various overlapping time segments totaling forty-five minutes. According to Cage, he proposed that Charles Olson and M.C. Richards read their poetry, student Robert Rauschenberg display his paintings and play records, and Merce Cunningham dance. Tudor was to perform on the piano, and Cage would read from a previously prepared lecture on Zen Buddhism. To Cage, the event represented the fairly specious possibility of events taking place without being causally related to one another, although he had in fact established strict time brackets and organized the event with particular temporal and location parameters.
From an Essay by Eva Diaz in
Starting at Zero:
Black Mountain College,
©2005 Arnoldfini/Kettle's Yard
1. Pair Up, Write a score
2. Pair Pairs, Create a score as four
3. Practice score
4. Present score to others
5. Have someone document score and email to firstname.lastname@example.org (nancy) to be viewed on the blog
6. Create a score with the entire group in mind and start at 4. (repeat until exhausted!)
Jacinda and I can't wait to come to Clemson. We would like to introduce ourselves and meet you prior to our physical arrival through this blog. We will be adding and updating and hope to hear from you over the course of the next couple of weeks. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work together.