A project curated for CMR, Redruth, to link with the international John Cage Centennial Year Celebrations, which offered a cluster of short artist residencies to practitioners working in/across all art forms, interested in an opportunity for some serious play inspired by one of the most radical pioneers of twentieth century avant-garde culture.
Artists were invited to consider Cage’s legacy and its relevance in the present day, some 60 years since the first performance of the influential silent composition 4’33’’, and to respond individually and in dialogue with co-resident artists and other collaborators of their choice.
Two guest accepted the invitation to do a residency : Kane Baker, a local community radio presenter who at the age of 21, was the project's in house expert on John Cage and gave weekly lectures on his life and work, and Pauline Penna, co-ordinator of the Cornwall Funghi Recording Group and a resident of Redruth.
The presentation of the resulting and associated works was exhibited over the final weekend.
The entire period of activity spanned 4 weeks and 33 hours exactly.
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Video documentation. : Kane Baker introduces a collaborative performance of John Cage's 4'33'' at Gaslights, Redruth, Cornwall on Sat 22nd Sept.
The three bands were: PETER PARKER'S ROCK N ROLL CLUB, MISTER POSTMAN AND HONEY.
This variation of Cage's iconic work was arranged by artist Liam Jolly, who is also on drums throughout. Filmed by Janet McEwan