Time and Indeterminacy in John Cage's Legacy: Tyler Adams and Sabine Groschup

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 1, 2013

John Cage's legacy is far-reaching and profound, inspiring artist around the world with his expansive approach to the artistic process and his unique ability to incorporate music, language, dance, and the visual arts in his experimental practice.

This show features video and film works by two leading-edge artists, each engaging the music of John Cage in different ways.  In Performing Silence (2009), Tyler Adams (b.1980, Los Angeles) brings together 25 found YouTube videos of people "playing" Cage's famous 4'33", a piece comprised of three movements in which the performers are instructed to remain silent. The second work (JC{639}), is by Austrian artist and filmmaker Sabine Groschup (b.1959), an ongoing - and continually reforming - documentary film about the extraordinary 639-year-long-performance of Cage's ORGAN2/ASLSP in a church in Halberstadt, Germany. The film involves 89 scenes whose sequence is determined by chance operations. This is the United State's premiere of Groschup's work, and was "conducted" for the show by Ray Kass, Adjunct Curator of Southeastern Art.

Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, and curated by Ray Kass, Adjunct Curator of Southeastern American Art.

Image: Tyler Adams, Performing Silence, 2009, video still, courtesy of the artist and Ray Kass.