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 (2016) is a 15 minute live performance, co-performed with Or Zubalsky, 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 off-key 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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