The 4’33” Museum
Stasisfield founder John Kannenberg presents an initial sampling of an ongoing practice that began in 2005: “performing” John Cage’s 4’33” in various museums around the world. Instead of not playing an instrument, however, these tracks of unmanipulated phonography are the product of actively recording a space, more fully realizing Cage’s motivation behind composing4’33”: the encouragement of active listening. By placing this practice within the context of museums, it both translates a primarily visual experience into a purely sonic one, and reaffirms the long-standing relationship that museums have with the experimental music world, serving as venues for avant-garde performances.
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