<em>A Tribute to John Cage</em>, film still. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix

A Tribute to John Cage, film still. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix

A Tribute to John Cage

  • Sat 3 Nov 2018
  • 4—4:35PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Mixing interviews, anecdotes and performance footage, artist Nam June Paik pays homage to avant-garde composer John Cage.

A major figure in contemporary art and music, Cage was one of the primary influences on Paik's work, as well as his friend and frequent collaborator. 

A Tribute to John Cage is screened in association with our current exhibition Sensory Agents, courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

In this multifaceted portrait, Paik creates a pastiche of Cage's performances and anecdotes, interviews with friends and colleagues, and examples of Paik's participatory music and television works that parallel Cage's strategies and concerns. The methodology and philosophies that inform Cage's radical musical aesthetic — chance, randomness, the democratization of sounds — are evident as he performs such seminal pieces as 4'33" (of complete silence) in Harvard Square, or throws the I Ching to determine performance sites. Among the collage of elements included in this work are segments from Paik's Zen for TV; Paik and Charlotte Moorman in early performances, including the TV Bra; and anecdotes from composer Alvin Lucier.


US, 1973, 29 min., Dir. Nam June Paik

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