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100 Mesostics for John Cage Reading and Writing through John Cage’s Writing and Reading, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012

September 5, 2012
Print Studios,
Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara
Building 434, #100-109
10 am – 4 pm.

On Wednesday, September 5, we invite you to participate in an all-day event to celebrate the life, work, and continuing influence of John Cage, who was born on this day one hundred years ago. From 10 am to 4 pm, in the Print Studios of the Department of Art, we will compose and illustrate or visually enhance 100 eight-line poems or “mesostics” that incorporate the name of John Cage. If you cannot join us in person, but wish to send us a mesostic using the eight letters of the artist’s name, send a PDF to UC Santa Barbara campus maps, updated news, links to archived materials and scholarly articles, and helpful information (such as “What is a ‘mesostic’?”) have already been posted on the Department of Art website – From 4 pm to 7 pm, selected readings, short lectures, video clips, slide shows, and performances will accompany an informal reception. We will not leave the refreshments for the reception entirely to chance operations, but if you wish to bring something to eat or drink we all will appreciate it. Events of the day will be punctuated by live and recorded music, with intermittent programmed as well as discontinuous silence. Anyone who shows up is welcome to talk, think, play, and invent along with us. Limited technical assistance with relief printing will be available to whoever needs it, but if you come to work on anything special in the studio please bring what you need to prepare and complete the work, and clean up. Contact any of us if you want to participate. We hope to see you on September 5.

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