A reconstruction (or "recon") of John Cage's infamous 4'33" (silence) using 68 amateur and professional performances sourced from YouTube.
Featured in the international John Cage exhibition, 'Sounds Like Silence: John Cage – 4'33” – Silence Today / 1912 – 2012' (curated by Inke Arns & Dieter Daniels; Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmunder U, 2012), alongside works by Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik, Einstürzende Neubauten & Yves Klein, among others. The exhibition was awarded the 'Special Exhibition of the Year 2012' prize by the German section of AICA (International Art Critics’ Association). A two screen installation version of this work (including another 68 performances) was also exhibited at the Low Road Gallery (in Indiana, USA) as part of the exhibition 'Time' (curated by Ben Valentine).
In this work I was interested specifically in the idea of folk art. Although the term "folk" when applied to art and music has been reduced to a genre in recent times, it was originally used to talk about songs and artforms that belonged to the people (to the volk). For instance, before the music industry territorialized folk as a "genre" of music (to help with categorizing music into sellable units) folk music referred to songs which "ordinary" or "everyday" people would sit around and sing together (at parties, at celebrations, etc.). What interests me is that particular avant-garde works which up until a few years ago would never have been seen by the general population have suddenly become "folk" works - they are being remade and revisioned by large numbers of people, many of them who do not claim to be "artists." In a sense these works deterritorialize the category of "high-art" and reclaim these works for the people (as "folk" art).