It was November 1967 and the cavernous Stock Pavilion was alive with sound. Radical artist-music-sound-maker John Cage had corralled 100’s of composers, musicians, artists and performers to play music, make art, and perform, all simultaneously, to an invited audience who were themselves conceived as part of the act. The result was a wild turbulence of music, projected image, installation and performance. John Cage called this event Musicircus; not a performance, but a groundbreaking happening.
Forty-seven years later John Cage is inescapable. His influence extends to all creative spheres; he is a ubiquitous presence. His revolutionary experiments in musical structure, his creation of unconventional instruments, a persistent questioning of authenticity and originality...the very question of where music, musicianship and performance begins and ends...all find their place in this exhibition. So too does his love of hybrid sound.
This Musicircus brings together a small but extraordinary group of artists who explore and deconstruct the language of music. They have all captured and even influenced an ever-evolving relationship between art and technology. This exhibition allows sound and works to intersect and collaborate in random and captivating ways. For eight weeks, four works by Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Christian Marclay, Tim Lee and Signal-to-Noise form part of the New Media Gallery Musicircus.