Funghi Walk
With Pauline Penna & the Cornwall Fungus Recording Group
Sunday 30th September, 10am

Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross,
Helston, Cornwall TR13 9RE

Film © Jo Millett

John Cage was not only a major figure of the musical avant-garde but also an avid mycologist, collector and consumer of mushrooms. His knowledge of the fungal world was legendary. In 1959 he even won 5 million lire on an Italian TV quiz show with mushrooms as his specialty subject.

As part of this centennial celebration, Pauline Penna of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Fungus Recording Group lead this walk through the Autumn landscape. She also undertook a guest residency at CMR during the '4 weeks 33 hours' project.

To link with John Cage Centennial Year international celebrations,
CMR artist led space offered a cluster of short artist residencies to practitioners working in/across all art forms, interested in an opportunity for some serious play inspired by one of the most radical pioneers of twentieth century avant-garde culture.

Artists were invited to consider Cage’s legacy and its relevance in the present day, some 60 years since the first performance of the influential silent composition 4’33’’, and to respond individually and through dialogue with co-resident artists and other collaborators of their choice.

9 residencies were available over a 3 week period, with a fourth week ring fenced for discussion, selection & preparation of material for presentation over the final weekend.

The entire period of activity will span 4 weeks and 33 hours exactly, concluding at 7pm Sunday 14th October.

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