John in a Cage

23-24 of January

A series of performances and exhibition.


 John in a cage


Alexandra Baybutt & David Somlo, Patrick Coyle, Richard Melkonian, David Price, Sara Rodrigues and Himali Singh Soin,

John Cage (1912-1992) was a composer, philosopher, music theorist as well as a great collector and eater of mushrooms. Pioneer of aleatory and electronic music, master of randomness, poet par excellence and inventor of nothing,




                                             is not



(we don't want to say anything about Cage – but we are saying it)

‘John in a cage’ is a curatorial exercise composed by a series of performances and the display of works accordingly to the spirit of John Cage. Most of the pieces directly employ some of Cage’s strategies such as instructions, chance elements, text and unpredictable sounds whereas in others the reference is kept more abstract. Likewise the I-Ching, an ancient divination text often used by Cage in his compositions, has been utilise to layout the artworks and the departure point of the performances in the gallery space.

The exhibition also introduces the reading of ‘oblique strategies’ as the ones created by Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno, used to think about approaches to their own work as artist and musician, respectively. Sautéed mushrooms will be served alongside a sound-scape created by the interaction of the audience with radios located in the gallery. The events will be happening throughout the exhibition dates without being previously scheduled, letting the unexpected happening.

Following to the exhibition, 'John in a Cage' was discussed on the radio show ‘Wavelength’ directed by William English at Resonance FM (link). A talk will be held in the following months at Goldsmiths College to reflect upon the results of the exhibition and Cage’s relevance to contemporary composition, especially in electronic music.

Curated by: Helena Lugo and Cristina Ramos.

For more information please contact Cristina Ramos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.