Part of… 2016
Graphite, gouache on handmade paper
Each, 56 × 38 cm
Private collection, Hamburg
Birds for Cage II – ... Unintended Sounds
“In a space where people are free to move and birds to fly.” – John Cage
How would it be if we could hear the rhythm of an idea or the central concepts of John Cage’s model for music and life? That would surely please him.
What looks at first glance like the traced trajectories of descending and ascending birds is actually the terminology of the composer John Cage encoded in Morse code. Those who are able to decipher them can read terms such as rhythm, silence, noise, sound, repetition… For others, the marks remain as enigmatic as the seemingly abstract white birds.
In Cage’s work, birds repeatedly appear as motifs, both as animal voices and as paraphrasing terms that playfully refer to his name: birds = Cage. The white handwritten texts in the upper part of the picture are general comments by Cage on his work and the world, quoted from the interview book “Birds.” These statements are directly related to the vertical terms in red, which I translated into Morse code.
The uninterrupted vertical lines in the lower part of the picture are like rhythmic bars. A free space is created where people can think independently and birds can fly.