Cage 100

(Sound) art, installations, live music and acoustic information, before and during the 46th International Summer Courses for New Music 2012 in Darmstadt's Central Station

 

For all of July, 2012, the central train station in Darmstadt will be declared "John-Cage-Bahnhof", both to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the station itself and to honor John Cage, who also would have celebrated his centenary on September 5, 2012.

 

The train station – made active as an open cultural space – will be transferred into a new context and thus redefine its role as gateway to the city. To the resident, it's a conduit to the region and the country at large. It is a hub for various routes, communications center for many languages, and a meeting place for diverse groups of people.

John Cage, whose musical thinking was so open and multifaceted, was the inspiration for this project, and even though not all the works directly refer to him, he nevertheless acts as a kind of axis point. An all-encompassing information and guidance system, a reading room as significant symbol, art installations and video works of interventional character offer possibilities of a new spatial awareness of the Cage-Bahnhof as "transit space" – the dynamism of the station as self-contained time zone of a polycentric region, the aesthetics of industrial architecture, but no less the continual streams of travellers, who would see the station as a place of impermanence and anonymity – all these become thematic. Information and time, person and place, (lack of) silence and (indefinite) noise (gradations), consumerism and space collide and reflect a heterogenous mixture of waiting, arriving, departing, shopping, and searching people. Staged by a cadre of international artists, the station becomes a place where travellers are virtually invited to action, observation, and listening before they are released to distant or nearby destinations.

 

The 46th Darmstadt international Summer Courses for New Music (July 14-28, 2012) are dedicated in numerous important projects, including the opening concert, to the work of John Cage – who after all had a significant influence on the courses at his 1958 visit, ushering in a fundamental aesthetic evolution in art music. It seems apropos that Cage's position, influential as it remains on today's music, should be interrogated from many different perspectives, on the background of a multimedia project involving many artists, and in a public setting.

 

In collaboration with the Darmstadt Summer of Architecture, the h_da (Darmstadt)
Division of Interior Architecture and the Centralstation Darmstadt.


(Sound) art, installations, live music and acoustic information, before and during the 46th International Summer Courses for New Music 2012 in Darmstadt's Central Station

 

For all of July, 2012, the central train station in Darmstadt will be declared "John-Cage-Bahnhof", both to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the station itself and to honor John Cage, who also would have celebrated his centenary on September 5, 2012.

 

The train station – made active as an open cultural space – will be transferred into a new context and thus redefine its role as gateway to the city. To the resident, it's a conduit to the region and the country at large. It is a hub for various routes, communications center for many languages, and a meeting place for diverse groups of people.

John Cage, whose musical thinking was so open and multifaceted, was the inspiration for this project, and even though not all the works directly refer to him, he nevertheless acts as a kind of axis point. An all-encompassing information and guidance system, a reading room as significant symbol, art installations and video works of interventional character offer possibilities of a new spatial awareness of the Cage-Bahnhof as "transit space" – the dynamism of the station as self-contained time zone of a polycentric region, the aesthetics of industrial architecture, but no less the continual streams of travellers, who would see the station as a place of impermanence and anonymity – all these become thematic. Information and time, person and place, (lack of) silence and (indefinite) noise (gradations), consumerism and space collide and reflect a heterogenous mixture of waiting, arriving, departing, shopping, and searching people. Staged by a cadre of international artists, the station becomes a place where travellers are virtually invited to action, observation, and listening before they are released to distant or nearby destinations.

 

The 46th Darmstadt international Summer Courses for New Music (July 14-28, 2012) are dedicated in numerous important projects, including the opening concert, to the work of John Cage – who after all had a significant influence on the courses at his 1958 visit, ushering in a fundamental aesthetic evolution in art music. It seems apropos that Cage's position, influential as it remains on today's music, should be interrogated from many different perspectives, on the background of a multimedia project involving many artists, and in a public setting.

 

In collaboration with the Darmstadt Summer of Architecture, the h_da (Darmstadt)
Division of Interior Architecture and the Centralstation Darmstadt.