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John Cage & Morton Feldman: Impersonality



Contemporaries John Cage and Morton Feldman share an intimate conversation about permanence and quality as it relates to culture and their work. Drawing from the ideas of James Joyce, Paul Cezanne, Gertrude Stein, among others, they examine how in the age of mass consumption, deliverance, and individuality is diminished. They translate these socio-cultural concepts to interpretations of the visual arts and music. Questioning when the artist “is done” as a function in the world, they relate to the idea that by expanding the surface of an artwork, or breaching time structures in compositions, society needs artists like they need community.
 

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