Cage Rattling: Querido John

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On the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth, 'The Wire' magazine presents a series of concerts and performances, talks and happenings under the banner 'Cage Rattling' – staged provocations designed to liberate Cageian aesthetics from the prison of the culture industry.

The title of the final installment of Cage Rattling refers to an exchange between Cage and the Basque artist Esther Ferrer, known for her radical one-person conceptual exercises. In the process of realising his final work, the 1992 mesostic lecture-poem "Overpopulation And Art", Cage sought opinions from various friends, including Ferrer, who was asked the question, 'Does anarchy have a future?', to which she replied: 'Anarchism, in the face of all the other doctrines and ideologies, is a marvelous exception. IT PROMISES NOTHING! Wow! What a joy!'

This concert features a number of meditations and performances that take off from this correspondence, including a live improvisation by Bridget Hayden and Kelly Jayne Jones on slide guitar, flute and throat mic; a specially commissioned text by Emma Hedditch and Mattin; a new reading in his series '…for single mothers' by visual artist and designer Will Holder; a new spoken word tape work by artist Charlotte Prodger; and a new performance by composer and musician Verity Susman.

Curated by Irene Revell (Electra Productions).


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