Happy Birthday John Cage

John Cage, installation view of One11 and 103, 1992. Photo: Austin Kennedy. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York..

If you have visited the High Line this month, you may have noticed a new video projection in the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line at West 14th Street.

The work is called One11 and 103, and it is a film-and-sound composition by John Cage – the legendary composer, writer, and artist. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth, and to commemorate the artist, High Line Art has partnered with Electronic Arts Intermix, the Chelsea-based nonprofit media arts center, to present his work at the High Line.

Cage’s instrumental compositions had a profound impact on post-war Western music. Follow us after the jump to learn more.

John Cage is known for his radical innovations in musical composition and theory. He developed the concept of “chance” and "found" sound as integral compositional devices, and the creation of musical structures based on rhythm rather than tonality. His work was influential in altering traditional concepts of musical interpretation.

To experience the artist’s work, stop by the 14th Street Passage, located on the High Line at West 14th Street, to watch a projection of One11 and 103, his film-and-sound composition made toward the end of his life. The 94-minute film features the sound composition 103 and the film One11, which is part of Cage's Number Pieces, a series of video works completed during the last six years of his life (1987―92).

Every day until Thursday, September 13, Cage’s work is projected between 1:00 and 11:00 PM on the newly installed video screen, called HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, within 14th Street Passage on the High Line. The contemplative work complements the semi-enclosed passageway, which is a popular resting place for visitors to enjoy a snack or a meal in the shade. In One11, abstractions of light travel across a blank studio wall and into space. Described by Cage as “a film without subject,” the film features no people, no objects, just rays of light traveling across the screen. One11 is accompanied by the seventeen-part orchestral work 103.

High Line Art and EAI’s presentation of One11 and 103 is one of many events going on in and around New York City in celebration of John Cage’s centennial year. Get details about other events.

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