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Venice Music Special: Caged/Uncaged

Pop, rock, and avant-garde stars honor John Cage with interpretations of his music. This Venice Music Special features an all-star stream of songs assembled from the CD Caged/Uncaged (Cramps Records, CRSCD 097, out of print but copies are around online) created by PS1 Contemporary Art Center for the 1993 Venice Biennale, in conjunction with Il Suono rapido delle cose, an exhibition of and tribute to the work of John Cage. The CD was produced by John Cale and curated by Lokke Highstein, with production in Italy organized by Fondazione Mudima. Il Suono Rapido delle Cose was presented at the XLV Venice Biennale by Achille Bonito Oliva, General Curator from June 9 - October 10, 1993. The exhibition was organized by Alanna Heiss, with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Angela Vettese and Ludovico Pratesi.

Artists contributing: David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Ars Hell and Mutt, John Zorn, Chris Stein, Amy Denio, David Weinstein and Shelley Hirsch, Lee Ranaldo, Ann Magnuson and John Cale, Jello Biafra and Eugene Chadbourne, Lou Reed, Elliott Sharp, and Joey Ramone interspresed with numerous excerpts of Cage himself. (54 minutes)

In this program you will hear:

• Cage and The Long Island Expressway and Enlightened Whistler - David Byrne

• John Cage Excerpt #1 - John Cage

• In Just-Spring - Debbie Harry

• John Cage Excerpt #2 - John Cage

• Proust - Arto Lindsay

• John Cage Excerpt #3 - John Cage

• John Cage Descending - Ars Hell and Mutt

• John Cage Excerpt #4 - John Cage

• Verlaine: Part 2 La Bleue - John Zorn

• John Cage Excerpt #5 - John Cage

• Right in the Head - Chris Stein

• John Cage Excerpt #6 - John Cage

• Dishwasher - Amy Denio

• John Cage Excerpt #7 - John Cage

• Cheap Imitation - David Weinstein and Shelley Hirsch

• 329 Overtones for John Cage - Lee Ranaldo

• Helmut Newton Told Me, Wish You Were Here, Oh! To Be Invited to the Venice Biennale - Ann Magnuson and John Cale

• John Cage Excerpt #8 - John Cage

• Overpopulation and Art - Jello Biafra and Eugene Chadbourne

• John Cage Excerpt #9 - John Cage

• An excerpt from Metal Machine Music - Lou Reed

• inDET - Elliott Sharp

• John Cage Excerpt #10 - John Cage

• The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs - Joey Ramone

• John Cage Excerpt #11 - John Cage


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


The Clocktower Gallery was founded by the alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After a hiatus as a gallery space (after the Sept. 11, 2001 events nearby), the Clocktower Gallery reinaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of the newly founded Art International Radio (now Clocktower Productions). Clocktower Exhibits is home to interviews with and performances by its exhibitions' participating artists and curators over these many years.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart. .

Impossible Music


Music and mixes that aspire to challenge you, surprise you, tickle you, jostle you, and to crack you open and put you back together again.

Venice Biennale


A series of talk and musical programs assembled from our various trips to Venice for the Biennale dating back to 2005. The programs range from round table discussions to interviews to DJ sets to virtual pavilions rendered in music and sound. On two occasions (2005 and 2007) we broadcast live on Italian FM radio from a boat moored near the Giardini. In 2011 our roving reporters covered the scene while the interview booth was headquartered near Piazzo San Marco. We also partnered with artist Federico Diaz and his sculpture-building robots at the Arsenale to design a special series called Robot Radio. 2013 brought us together with LaRete Art Projects and the Venice Agendas series produced by workinprogress for interviews and discussions.