4′33″ (2010) – Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda

The framed work 4’33” consists of undeveloped 16mm film with AATON timecodes. The duration of the strips of film is exactly 4 minutes and 33 seconds and the work is part of the series time and space, which the Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda began working on in 1998. He refers here to the eponymous composition by John Cage. Cage’s score contains no notes, only the instructions: “I Tacet, II Tacet, III Tacet”.

At the premiere of 4’33” in Woodstock, (NY) on August 29, 1952, pianist David Tudor indicated the three movements by closing and opening the piano lid. Before the performance, he tossed dice to determine the relative length of the three movements at 33″, 2’40″und 1’20″, which add up to 4’33″.