Besides such well-known art like Stomp, there has been many attempts world-wide to recycle the ugly garbage to create something phenomenal, something real- MUSIC.
The 4'3'' is an interesting one. Cage composed an entire symphony for orchestra called 4 minutes 33 seconds (4'3") that last for that duration. There are 3 movements in the piece, like many symphony pieces. What is different? It's silence. In the clip below, you will find a concert in memory of John Cage where the orchestra performed 4'33". The musicians are on stage in their black. The audience fills the seats. The conductor stands on the podium. So what's the difference? It's the silence. First movement: tacit. Second movement: tacit. Third movement: tacit. The first movements has an awkward tension, where the audience tries to hold their breadth to avoid making the tiniest noise. Then people become a little more relaxed in the second movement, with occasional coughs. And then the last movement, people are fidgeting, coughing, sneezing... It is truly interesting. Who would have thought that? Here, Cage is trying to point out the aesthetics of noise. There is no intention. Nothing is fixed. His works always are created along the way because the progression (in his opinion) is what is important. Not the product.
That is just one of the manyfamous works by John Cage. Other works include prepared piano, of which, only a short portion will be shown during the presentation, but it is worth watching. It's amazing how John Cage managed to look at something, something already beautiful and fixed like melodious sound, to take that and bend it and transform it into something completely different. To many ears, especially those trained in the fixed Western tonal music, it may sound bizarre. But we must look beyond what is norm, because he is an Avant-garde artist!
|Lewis Hine |
Power house mechanic working on steam pump, USA, 1920
Quai de Javel (Ragpickers), Paris, 1932
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Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, 2005