Getting Nowhere (2012)‌‌‌

More and more I have the feeling that we are getting nowhere...

John Cage, Lecture on Nothing

The annual Practical Project is run at the beginning of each academic year. It involves all first-year students, along with other undergraduates, postgraduates amd visiting students.

In 2012, in celebration of John Cage's centenary, the department put on on a four-day Festival-Conference under the guidance of Cage-expert, Professor William Brooks.

The largest celebration of the Cage centenary in the UK, Getting Nowhere took place between 14 and 17 November 2012.


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Alongside conference papers and lectures given by students and visiting delegates, the York staff and students put on an enormous range of performances, covering pieces by John Cage, music by those who influenced him, and new reactions to his work by student composers.

Ranging from orchestral concerts in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, to a mass performance of 4' 33" in the middle of York, via an all-night reading of Empty Words, Getting Nowhere put performance at the heart of the celebration of the man and his work.