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Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary

Carrie Noland

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226541105
eISBN:
9780226541389
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226541389.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

In this book, I treat what I believe to be Cunningham’s greatest preoccupation: not chance but rather inevitability, not chilling neutrality but rather the heat of human bonds. Instead of focusing ... More


Performing the Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Martin Iddon and Philip Thomas

in John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190938475
eISBN:
9780190938505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190938475.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines in further detail the practical work undertaken by the early piano soloist within the piece, David Tudor. It details the work he undertook to realise the piece for performance ... More


UnCaging Cunningham’s Animals

Carrie Rohman

in Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190604400
eISBN:
9780190604431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190604400.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter excavates the natural strains in John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s composing and choreographic habits vis-à-vis animality. Cage and Cunningham reveal their recognition that the artistic ... More


From the Death of the Word to the Rise of the Image in the Choreography of Merce Cunningham

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226061
eISBN:
9780823235148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226061.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter shows that an art in which the materiality of the body and the localizability of space are critical is now engaged in a struggle between the visceral and the ... More


The ‘Minor’ Arithmetic of Rhythm: Imagining Digital Technologies for Dance

Stamatia Portanova

in Deleuze and Performance

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635030
eISBN:
9780748652587
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635030.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on the so-called arithmetic of rhythm and the digital technologies for dance. It discusses dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham's view that choreography can and should ... More


: Cinema on Stage

Andrew V. Uroskie

in Between the Black Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226842981
eISBN:
9780226109022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226109022.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Explores emergence of proscenium stage as an aesthetic and conceptual locus of Expanded Cinema production in mid-60s New York, and the particular staging of the psychological dynamics of cinematic ... More


Choreographing Epic: The Ocean as Epic ‘Time-Space’ in Homer, Joyce, and Cunningham

Arabella Stanger

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter brings contemporary dance into dialogue with modernist and Homeric epics through an exploration of Merce Cunningham’s dance in the round, Ocean (1994). Born from Joseph Campbell’s ... More


Natural Objects

You Nakai

in Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780190686765
eISBN:
9780190686796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190686765.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

Tudor claimed that in his seminal work Untitled, electronic components were discovered as “natural objects” as they were patched in a feedback loop creating a giant oscillator which generated sounds ... More


Black Mountain, Provincetown, and the Woman Paintings

Cathy Curtis

in A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190498474
eISBN:
9780190498504
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190498474.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

In 1948, Willem de Kooning taught at the Black Mountain College summer session in Asheville, North Carolina. Elaine thrived in this experimental ambience. She worked on Buckminster Fuller’s first ... More


Portraits as Moments and Memory

Cathy Curtis

in A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190498474
eISBN:
9780190498504
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190498474.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

While emphasizing a sympathetic view of her sitters’ individuality, Elaine often revealed personality-shaping forces of turmoil and discontent. Her subjects included Bill, Harold Rosenberg, Thomas ... More


Neural Syntheses

You Nakai

in Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780190686765
eISBN:
9780190686796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190686765.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

One of Tudor’s last projects used an instrument custom-made for him using the neural network chip that had just been developed. The Neural Synthesizer began as an attempt to build a universal ... More


Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music

You Nakai

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780190686765
eISBN:
9780190686796
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190686765.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

David Tudor (1926–1996) is remembered today in two guises: as an extraordinary pianist of postwar avant-garde music who worked closely with composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, ... More


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