Professor Mark Clague, co-moderator of our live events in San Francisco, recently gave one of his classes at the University of Michigan an unusual assignment. In the spirit of John Cage, the students were asked to create a work that used silence, chance, found instruments, graphic scores (or any other John Cage-inspired technique), perform the work, and then upload a video of the performance to YouTube.
After looking through the videos, it’s safe to say… creativity is alive and well at the University of Michigan. But what’s also striking is how comfortable these students are with these techniques. What was so revolutionary years ago is just another weapon in their creative arsenal. In their hands, it seems perfectly natural to hear the music in the making of a cup of coffee.
For more videos, view the UMavericks channel on YouTube.
Where will creativity lead us next?