We Connect John with Julius

We Connect John with Julius

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic!

Welcome to BESHT!! - A brief lecture by Adam Overton
John Cage's Other People Think (1927) - recited by Jeffrey Daniel Schmidt
We Connect Cage with Eastman
- G Douglas Barrett re-interprets Julius Eastman's 1975 performance of John Cage's Song Books

Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic!

Artist, performer, and composer Adam Overton will mark the launch of the Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses (BESHT) with a brief, playful lecture in the spirit of John Cage, whose exhibition of paintings will be on display in an adjacent gallery of the museum. The lecture will locate BESHT’s mission within and beyond the work of John Cage, whose career was bookended by two remarkable lectures – one that a confident, 15-year-old Cage delivered at the Hollywood Bowl in 1927, and another that Julius Eastman delivered in 1975 while interpreting Cage’s Song Books, which infuriated the elder composer. 

G Douglas Barrett will present a re-interpretation of Julius Eastman’s June 1975 performance of John Cage’s Song Books. Performing as part of the SEM Ensemble at the University of Buffalo, Eastman used Cage’s indeterminate work as a platform for delivering a lecture on “a new system of love,” and arguably marked a post-Cageian shift in the performance of experimental, indeterminate music.

Jeffrey Daniel Schmidt is 15 years old. He is home schooled and has his black belt in Isshinryu karate. His hobbies include playing video games and hanging out with his friends. Recently, he has had the opportunity to be in a music video and a student film. Since age 8, he has taken part in two major theatrical productions at a college in his community, with lead child roles each year. One of his goals is to be a professional actor.

G Douglas Barrett’s work considers music as part of a critical arts practice in which performance and conceptuality figure as integral components. Drawing equally from the contemporary gallery arts and the performing arts traditions, Barrett has exhibited, performed, and published throughout North America and Europe: Incubator Arts Project (New York), Diapason Gallery (New York), the wulf. (Los Angeles), Theater Perdu (Amsterdam), Universität der Künste Berlin, Université de Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée, Phoebe Zeitgeist Teatro (Milan), Galerie Mark Müller (Zürich), Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast, UK) and Neutral Ground (Canada); his writing is published in the interdisciplinary literary journal Mosaic (U of Manitoba) and Contemporary Music Review. In 2009 Barrett received a DAAD research grant to Berlin, and he is the recipient of a 2012-13 Franklin Furnace Fund award for his project TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG. He has obtained advanced degrees from California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (PhD).

*** Unfortunately G Douglas Barrett’s performative lecture has been postponed due to complications stemming from Hurricane Sandy, and will be rescheduled for sometime later in the BESHT series. This evening, in his place, we will be joined by artist, Niko Solorio, proprietor of Sissy Magic, who will present a marvelous new interpretation of John Cage's Song Books! ***

Adam Overton is an experimental artist living in Los Angeles who works between performance, writing, experimental music, massage, workshops, event-production and various participatory forms, all in order to facilitate odd and intimate artist-led experiences. He connects regularly with a variety of artist-peers via several collaborative platforms, including Signify, Sanctify, Believe (with Tanya Rubbak and Claire Cronin, and involving the contributions of over 70 semi-secular artists), The Eternal Telethon, and UploadDownloadPerform.net. He works closely with Guru Rugu as co-director of the experimental meditation center of los angeles and as a ghostwriter for Guru Rugu’s Experimental Meditation Hour on KCHUNG Radio. http://plus1plus1plus.org