I came here after looking at art for a few hours. The nature vs. art debate isn’t really what I’m after though. It’s John Cage.
I first learned about his piece 4’33” and it gave me chills. It felt like what I had been trying to explain for the umpteenth time to my grandparents about how EVERYTHING IS ART, he did 40 years ago with this silent, stunning work.
I sat at this stream for 30 minutes and tried my hardest to listen. Not just to the pretty nature sounds, but to the whir of trucks on nearby Route 22, the clang of the train, my own stomach grumbling, the mosquitos circling, an Iphone ringing in the parking lot, a very distant car alarm. John Cage has helped me exercise mindfulness and to truly listen on a regular basis.
Hopefully The Generator can in a small way be a place where mind-bending ideas of what art can be will enter into peoples minds for the first time, and is it did with me and John Cage, change them forever.