"Do you play Piano? Can you teach me how to play this piece?" I said.

"A piece from 1948?" he said.

"Yes, ‘Dream from 1948’ by John Cage."

Teach Me to Play 1948

Live performance (15 min)

This performance shows the process of learning and teaching without verbal communication. Through silent instruction and visual repetition I learned the imported knowledge. The act of learning, stretched through performance opens a dialectical exchange without words to promote new meanings and possible reads. Intentional or unintentional errors and offkey playing, push the limit of Cage’s original score beyond its signification to a larger political history of the year it was made.

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