Public Research Seminar: Ed McKeon (Goldsmiths): John Cage the Curator: Composing Ways of Being With Others
Public Research Seminar Series
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Speaker: Ed McKeon (Goldsmiths)
John Cage the Curator: Composing Ways of Being With Others
Cage’s work from the late 1960s puzzled many. For Cornelius Cardew, Cage’s radicalism had become reactionary, too musical. For Morton Feldman, Cage’s growing concern for the performance situation made it too social, not musical enough. Academics have avoided his turn to texts, prints, watercolours… and curating as the preserve of non-musical specialists. By contrast, I follow his turn to other mediums and the composition of events by reading his work through his adaptation of lessons from Schoenberg. Beyond musical autonomy, beyond the musical work and its ‘imaginary museums’, Cage’s work provides models and lessons for the curatorial work of making art public.
Ed McKeon is a musician who neither performs nor composes. Working with musicians and artists at the points where music indisciplines other practices, he produces and commissions performances, installed events, touring and exhibition projects. He has presented BBC Radio 3’s flagship New Music Show, was artistic director of the British Composer Awards and continues as a Trustee of the Hinrichsen Foundation and Vice Chair of the ISCM's British section. He leads an MA programme at Goldsmiths on Music Management. His doctoral research on “Making Art Public: Musicality and the Curatorial” was supervised by Nick Gebhardt, Tim Wall, and Johnny Golding at BCU.
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