27.08.12 - Auditorium

International Symposium John Cage in the 100th anniversary of his birth




Fundación Proa and Teatro Colón / Colón Contemporáneo announce a symposium to be held on the occasion of the Tribute to John Cage. In the 100th anniversary of his birth. The encounter deepens on his work and legacy and invites personalities from the arts and theory fields covering the different aspects of Cage’s life and work.

Director: Martín Bauer

Coordinator: Pablo Gianera
Producer: Juan Martín Ibarlucía

Thursday, September 13 & Friday, September 14, 2012

From 2 to 7 PM.
Auditorium of Fundación Proa

Special guests : Branden W. Joseph, Henning Lohner, James Pritchett, Luis Chitarroni, Pablo Gianera, Hugo Petruschansky

In collaboration with Teatro Colón / Colón Contemporáneo

Supported by Tenaris

For further information and enrollment: coloquio@proa.org
Open enrollment from Friday 24  august to monday 3 september.


Branden Joseph: HPSCHD in retrospective
Henning Lohner: John Cage and the visual music
James Pritchett: John Cage’s silent piece(s)
Luis Chitarroni: John Cage and Literature
Pablo Gianera: The recovery of the natural beauty in John Cage’s art
Hugo Petruschansky: John Cage and Marcel Duchamp within a historical context


Branden Joseph
Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University, where he specializes in practices that cross medium and disciplinary boundaries between the visual arts, film, and music. He is the author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (Zone Books, 2008); Anthony McCall: The Solid Light Films and Related Works (ed. Christopher Eamon; Steidl, 2005); Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde (MIT Press 2003); and, most recently, The Roh and the Cooked: Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant in Europe (August Verlag, 2011). Additional writings—which include numerous essays on Andy Warhol and John Cage, as well as writings on contemporary artists such as John Miller, Angela Bulloch, Lee Lozano, and Josiah McElheny—have appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals and museum catalogues and been translated into eight languages. Joseph is also a founding editor of Grey Room (MIT Press), a journal of architecture, art, media, and politics, which published the special issue “New German Media Theory” in 2007

Henning Lohner
The German composer and director Henning Lohner worked with John Cage during the 1990s, for the realization of one11, One hundred and three (the last work Cage) and "a film with out subject". In 1993 he published The Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam John Cage, a documentary on Cage organized departing from chance techniques, which he begun producing with the composer and concluded as a tribute after his death in 1992.
Also, Lohner  made over 100 films and 40 feature-length documentaries on influential contemporary artists and  scientists. His work wasshown internationally in numerous festivals and museums including the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

James Pritchett
American musicologist. Friend of John Cage since the 80's, wrote in 1988 The Development of chance techniques in the music of John Cage, 1951-1956, the first study of the development of techniques of chance in the work of Cage, made from manuscripts, notes and scores of the composer. In 1992 he edited The Music of John Cage, to date, the only complete catalog of Cage's work. In turn, Pritchett has written introductory notes for numerous recordings of works by John Cage, and published papers on the pianist and composer David Tudor.

Luis Chitarroni
Born in Buenos Aires in 1958. He is a writer, critic and editor. Contributed to several national and foreign media. He is the author of the novels El carapálida and Peripecias del no, of the collection of essays Mil tazas de té, and the anthology Siluetas. He trained as an editor in Sudamericana publishing house, with Henry Pezzoni, and worked there for over 20 years. Currently he is responsible for publishing the editorial catalog of La Bestia equilátera. He received the Editor of the Year Award 2012. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and cultural magazines.

Pablo Gianera
Born in Buenos Aires in 1971. He is a journalist writing critisim on music and literature. Works in cultural magazine ADN , from La Nacion newspaper. Teaches at The Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music  and also serves on the Executive Board of the Journal Diario de Poesía. He wrote Formas Frágiles, a  book of musical essays published in 2010.

Hugo Petruschansky
Professor of History of Contemporary Art at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte. He has taught at universities in Europe and the USA and has published numerous critical texts in books, magazines and catalogs. He is currently an independent curator and collaborates with "La Nación" and "Ámbito Financiero" and the magazine "Reporte Publicidad", among other media.

In collaboration with Teatro Colón / Colón Contemporáneo

Supported by Tenaris

Tribute to John Cage in the 100th anniversary of his birth: Colón Contemporáneo