John Cage’s seminal work 4'33" (1952) provides the core narrative for "273 Relics for John Cage (A Likeness Is an Aid to Memory)." Each relic (an individual pixel or group of pixels) is numbered and references a single second of silence in 4'33". At once a translational work, an experimental portrait and a performative tribute, "273 Relics for John Cage" explores the impossibility of the image — dismantling the photograph to render it irrelevant, as it disappears. The viewer is left with faint traces of source material and the freedom to investigate phantom images, imagined narratives and other associations.
"273 Relics for John Cage (A Likeness Is an Aid to Memory)" includes a limited edition book, photographic pigment prints, limited edition silkscreen ink prints and digital video.
The work will be installed and performed at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, October 7 – November 7, 2011, on the occasion of the international conference "Reviewing Black Mountain College 3: John Cage's Circle of Influence" (co-sponsored by the John Cage Trust, the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center and the University of North Carolina).