John Cage And The Literature Avant-Garde
15.01.2013, 19:30 Tuesday
Program: [Context of the visual]
Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall
Moderator: [Sergei Romashko]
Co-organizer: State Literature Museum
During his entire life John Cage has shown interest to various fields of contemporary culture. His artistic and aesthetic views and musical ideas were formed not only in the field of music, from Schoenberg’s innovation to Eastern philosophy of sound, but also under the influence of such writers and poets as Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Mary Richards, Edward Cummings. Cage has on numerous occasions turned to James Joyce’s works, impressed by his style, his way of working with text as if it was sound material, accentuating the phonetic level of words. Gertrude Stein’s rhythmic poetry laid the foundation of Cage’s four-movement piece, Living Room Music, and Ezra Pound’s dynamic and “powerful” poetry resonates with Cage’s strategy of “happenings”. The red line of literature in Cage’s art is definitely worth tracing.