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John Cage: Beyond Silence

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 16 September 2012

John Cage is perhaps the most influential artist of the late twentieth century. Although known primarily as a composer of music, his work stretches across - and blurs - the boundaries of different disciplines: writing, performance lectures, visual art and theatre.

It's fitting, then, that, twenty years after his death - and one hundred years since his birth - his work and ideas are hailed as an inspiration by artists of all stripes.

Presented by pianist and Cage-collaborator Richard Bernas, this programme looks less at Cage the composer, and more at his influence beyond music, as contemporary artists working in a variety of fields - from painting, sculpture and film, to dance, poetry and performance art - discuss John Cage and the impact his ideas have had on their own lives and work.

Contributors include Antony Gormley, Tacita Dean, Christian Marclay, Michael Craig-Martin, DJ Spooky and others.

Producer: Martin Williams.


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