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Jerome Bel "Lecture on nothing" © Jerome Bel
Jerome Bel © Jasper Kettner

Lecture on nothing

“The reason they’ve no music in Texas is because they have recordings”, John Cage wrote, composed and said seventy years ago. The reason postmodern dance came into being in the USA is that this brilliant composer recognised music in everything, including nothingness, and inspired the choreographic avant-garde of the early 1960s with his ideas. This postmodernism, in turn, inspired French artist Jérôme Bel’s conceptual oeuvre, which is still cause for friction in contemporary dance today. Vienna is not Texas. There is music here despite all the records. Now, Vienna has the opportunity to listen to Bel reading (for the first time in English, by the way) Cage’s Lecture on Nothing. In 1949, John Cage gave a lecture at the Artist’s Club in New York. His text, Lecture on Nothing, adopted the structure of his recent musical compositions. It was at once an artistic manifesto and a listening experiment, akin to hypnosis. "I have nothing to say and I am saying it". These words uttered by John Cage at the beginning of his lecture thinly disguise the amazing wealth of that Lecture on Nothing: Philosophy, musicologiy, poetry, autobiography, narrative, meditation, utopia...

Premiere in english
Duration: 60 min



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