Thursday, 26 August 2010

John Cage on a US gameshow

The London Review of Books draws attention to this extraordinary footage of John Cage performing Water Walk live on a US gameshow, I've Got A Secret, in 1960.

It's quite compelling stuff and I broadly agree with Nick Richardson's suggestion that Cage is "playing the audience" by incorporating their gasps and laughs into the piece.

However, I don't agree with his dismissal of the gameshow host as "fatuous and sceptical". It seems to me that the host is very much "in on the joke" and is deliberately playing the fool in quite a sophisticated and - dare I say it - "postmodern" manner.

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