Cage Against The Machine

In 1961, the Wesleyan University Press published a collection of John Cage’s essays entitled Silence: Lectures and Writings. Already an avant-garde cause célèbre, notorious for his ‘silent’ composition, 4’33”, Cage’s revolutionary, Zen-derived, non- deterministic approaches to creativity were now available to all in one handy volume. Silence would duly become the catechism of the 1960s…

Closed Circuits

Musicians, producers and friends of the literati, Bebe and Louis Barron were genuine pioneers of experimental electronic and tape music – their ambit including collaborations with everyone from Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller to Moondog and John Cage, and were releasing the first ‘audiobooks’ as long ago as the late 1940s. Their best known work…

The Industry of Creating

Despite a major retrospective, Every Day is a Good Day, at the Baltic, Gateshead, in 2010, John Cage’s notoriety as a revolutionary sonic manipulator and composer is not yet imperilled by his repute as a visual artist. Here, artist Louise Clarke seeks to rebalance things a touch by running a very personal rule over a…

All in Good Time

Darren Almond is known for exploring the concept of time in his films, photography and installations. In Tuesday (1996), he took a photograph of his studio every minute over 24 hours, while his Fullmoons series (1998 – ongoing) sees him travelling the globe in order to take a single moonlit photograph, usually in a remote,…