The triennial Sound of a Cage is a collaboration of an interdisciplinary and professional field of artists. The event will take place in Stavanger, and curator is Liv Runesdatter/CARMA Contemporary Art, Music and Dance. The seminar is built up around the legacy of John Cage and his contemporaries, and it combines presentations of art, music, dance and performance using workshops, lectures and topical discussions.
The starting point for Sound of a Cage 2016 is “sound poetry”.
The idea of “texts without words”, text as phonetic sound, detached from semantics, can be traced back to the Futurist and Dada movements in the 1920s and 30s. Kurt Scwitter’s “Ursonata” is one of the first known examples of sound poetry. Later on, the art form developed in the beat cultures where well-known names such as Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Brion Gysin started using cassette recordings. European examples were found in France, Italy and United Kingdom, and names such as Bob Cobbing in the UK and Henri Chopin in France were significant figures. In Sweden a peculiar form of sound poetry developed, known as “text-sound-composition”. Behind it were persons with links to Radio Sweden and Fylkingen-groups, such as Åke Hodell and Sten Hanson.
The program is in progress and will be released in June. Once again Sound of a Cage offers an inter-artistic program, with recent productions of stage art, concerts, workshops, art displays, subject related conferencing and lectures. This year, as before, the theme is anchored in John Cage’s artistic legacy. The participants will be diving into John Cage’s lectures, mesostic texts and mycologial poetry.
SOUND OF A CAGE 2016 (ENG)