CONFERENCE PAPER

 

Historicizing Chance and Contingency in Performance Art: Reperforming John Cage’s 4’33’’

 

Hypothèses Conference Series
Histoire(s) de gestes: Random Piece for Three
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Salon Pavillon Jean-Noël Desmarais
1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
10 December 2014, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Abstract

John Cage's 4'33'' (1952), the so-called 'silent piece', is considered not only iconic among twentieth century performance art works, but also central to the art historiography of chance and contingency. In this regard, the medium-specific implications of performance allow for what I determined as a moment of chance and a scope of contingency (Stemberger 2012). As early as 1954, David Tudor, the performer of the 'original' performance event, reperformed 4'33''. Can one reperform a work open to chance and contingency? The presentation is a contribution to my larger study of chance and contingency in modern and contemporary art, in this case study looking at the numerous, though rarely acknowledged reenactments and reconstructions of John Cage's 4'33'''.

Panel: Histoire(s) de gestes: Random Piece for Three

Chair: Professor Eduardo Ralickas (Université du Québec à Montréal)

- Julie-Anne Côté: De la danse au musée: mémoires de l'œuvre chorégraphique contemporaine

- Claudia Marion Stemberger: Historicizing Chance and Contingency in Performance Art: Reperforming John Cage's 4'33''

- Catherine Lavoie-Marcus: La danse n'est pas la chorégraphie n'est pas la danse (peut-être)

Organizing Committee

Josée Desforges (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Viviane Gautier (Université de Montréal)
Ji-Yoon Han (Université de Montréal)
Maryse Ouellet (McGill University)
Patricia Sheppard (Concordia University)

 

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