28 Nov 2014 – 27 Feb 2015

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Wed-Sat 11am - 6pm or by appointment

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England, United Kingdom


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The collection of works in the show, is inspired by the composer John Cage's recognition of indeterminacy as an important state in the making of art.


This exhibition is conceived in the animating spirit of John Cage rather than to the letter of his thinking. The works here, by artists as diverse as Horst Ademeit, Dieter Roth and Cornelia Parker, are not based on the I Ching or chance operations, but the context that Cage’s name and example provides is a generous one. Ian Hunt has written a piece to accompany the display, here is an extract:

"For modern artists, indeterminate operations and conditions have been useful principally for the way they give life to new forms of interpretation, sense-making and order. The work to which Cage gave the programmatic title Indeterminacy is a set of frequently comic stories interrupted by silences, so that each takes a minute to read. The works assembled in this exhibition make use of some modes that Cage employed: notably repetition, transcription, imitation and transformation of sources and givens. The variety of approaches here - including the socially porous, the surreal and the frankly curious - chimes with Cage’s own diversity as an artist.” 

Artists: Horst Ademeit, John Cage, Arnaud Desjardin (The Everyday Press), Roger Hiorns, Helen Mirra, Cornelia Parker, Ana Prada, Kathy Prendergast, Dieter Roth, Trevor Shearer, John Smith & Graeme Miller.


Exhibiting artistsToggle

Helen Mirra

Cornelia Parker

Horst Ademeit

Trevor Shearer

Ana Prada

Roger Hiorns

John Cage

Dieter Roth

John Smith & Graeme Miller

Arnaud Desjardin

Kathy Prendergast


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