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The Composer as a Curator: Following John Cage's Composition for Museum

The Composer as a Curator: Following John Cage's Composition for Museum
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Oct 25th, 4:00 pm End: Oct 25th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), United States Studies, Music, Faculty of , Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Liora Belford, University of Toronto

The Centre for the Study of the United States presents CSUS Graduate Student Workshop

The Composer as a Curator: Following John Cage's Composition for Museum

In 1989, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MoCA) invited the American composer and artist John Cage to create a new artwork. The result was a chance-derived, four movement composition for museum entitled Rolywholyover A Circus. While many other artists have experimented with the form of an art exhibition, Cage's project constituted something new: he constructed his exhibition in a manner akin to his musical composition, forming a new field of research - the composer as a curator - where the exhibition space adopts sound composition principles, and thereby, alters the concept of exhibition-making.

Liora Belford is a Ph.D. Candidate from the Department of Art, University of Toronto. As a sound artist, scholar, and curator who has had the opportunity to organize exhibitions in both public and private institutions, Belford's practice spans the experimental sonic realm. In her ongoing research, she investigate the relationship between sound and space and her doctoral thesis surrounds the American composer John Cage, and his groundbreaking composition for museum - Rolywholyover A Circus.

The event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Stella Kyriakakis 416-946-8972


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