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Interpretation of Cage / Ryoanji


November 15, 2013 – January 12, 2014

ARTER, İstiklâl Caddesi No. 211, Tünel, Beyoğlu

Exhibition of Turkish-born Armenian conceptual artist Sarkis, in which the artist presents three works inspired by the famous Ryoanji Zen garden in Japan – a place which also inspired the great American composer John Cage. About his first encounter with the solo flute score of Cage’s Ryoanji, Sarkis said it was like a ‘dance of lines on a blank paper and of calligraphy’. He thus created 96 finger-painted watercolours entitled ‘Partition de flûte Ryoanji / Cage selon Sarkis’ (‘Cage, Ryoanji, flute partition according to Sarkis’).

As a result of Melih Fereli’s curatorial intervention, two great musicians, Kudsi Erguner (ney) and Jean-François Lagrost (shakuhachi), musically interpret Sarkis’ watercolours. Diffused in the gallery, this unique pre-recorded musical composition beckons the viewer to listen carefully and thus enhances the expressivity of Sarkis’ ‘sound-trails’.

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