In 1960, experimental composer John Cage went on the TV show Ive Got a Secret to make music with a mechanical fish, a rubber duck, a water pitcher, and ice cubes. The presenter warned Cage that although the audience was a friendly crowd, some of them werent going to laugh. He responded that he considered laughter preferable to tears.
Avant garde music isnt for everyone, but Cages piece Water Walk is the inspiration behind Ana Mendezs performance at the Afterhours program this Thursday at Miami Art Museum. She and fellow dancer Aja Albertson will perform Waking Spell, an improvisational dance set to spontaneous musical cues performed by Richard Vergez and Federico Nessi. Mendez explains that prerecorded footsteps will be their metronome and that some sounds will be left up to chance (think a teakettle boiling water and whistling). In addition to taking in this music and dance installation, meet artists Kevin Arrow and Manny Prieres, hear a Talking Head Transmitters segment on modern dance, and learn about Lara Stein Pardos project, Mapping Miami.
Thu., Aug. 19, 6 p.m., 2010