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John Cage performs James Joyce

Year: 1985, 15 mins
Code: TI-John
ISBN: 978-4-901181-31-0

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A private performance by John Cage realizing his "Writing For The Fifth Time Through Finnegans Wake" in three ways: reading, singing, and whispering using I-Chin chance-operation: Chinese fortune-telling.

"Roaratorio is one of the classics of Cage's oeuvre and in Iimura's 15-minute recording, John Cage Performs James Joyce, Cage presents the core of the spoken part of the work. Its composition, like many of his other works, is aided by the I-Chingļ¾‰ Like so many of his[Cage's] initiatives, the line between the artwork and its making is blurred, a statement aided and amplified by Iimura's collaboration in its making." - Mike Leggett, Leonardo Digital Review, MIT Press, Internet.

Exhibited at "Rolywholyover: A Circus by John Cage", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mito Art Museum, Mito, Japan

Since the 1960s, Takahiko iimura’s explorations of the moving image have probed the relationship between media, time and language and have strived to redefine the exhibition of cinema as a mode of performance. He has worked closely with the giants of experimental film such as members of the Hi-Red Centre and Fluxus, Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, John Cage, Stan Brakhage and Stan Vanderbeek. His uncompromising work, here presented on DVD, bridges boundaries between film and performance art.

"Although Taka was and continues to be an active part of the New York avant-garde scene, he always remained an enigmatic, mysterious presence, pursuing his own unique route through the very center of the avant-garde cinema. While the intensity and the fire of the American avant-garde film movement inspired him and attracted him, his Japanese origins contributed decisively to his uncompromising explorations of cinema's minimalist and conceptualist possibilities. He has explored this direction of cinema in greater depth than anyone else." – Jonas Mekas

“From the early sixties, though Japanese, Iimura was well known as one of the first generation of the New York Underground ... For many years, Japanese experimental film was Takahiko Iimura” - Malcolm Le Grice

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