Willing and immediate help from people here is enabling me to easily overcome the kinds of (professional ego) conflicts that in my past became stressful problems, insoluble. Today, both alone and with such helpers as these*, everything is flowing and I am pleased... I feel that I am in my element, at last!
Now to rest and eat before the performance - it begins in three hours and lasts for two or three. Luckily much of my piece is silence. It's title is 'and it's so easy - to change one's mind' (John Cage, in conversation, 1988).
Before I changed my mind I was going to read John Cage's LECTURE ON NOTHING.
...As I write this footnote I realise that our kind of decentrally-organised performing, in the manner of John Cage, is a model for post-industrial living as it might be, as it can be. But it is possible only if people are free to break rules and conventions and to improvise, with both intelligence and restraint, creating huge spaces for themselves and each other to explore and experience free of pre-judgement and of the imposed conflict of 'divide and rule' and the other limitations of central control...
Letting go of our likes and dislikesas John Cage so often said and
Listen! Listen! Listen!as Jackson Mac Low put it in 'A Little Sermon on the Performance of Simultaneities' in Stanzas of Iris Lesak, Something Else Press, Milllerton, New York 1972, page 419.
Leave plenty of silence...
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