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Let The Sounds Go Where They Will

Works from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques and the Frac Franche-Comté

FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon
21 juin • 21 septembre 2014

The Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) and the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (Frac) of the Franche-Comté region jointly present the singular exhibition: Let the Sounds Go Where They Will, showcasing an auditory and visual itinerary.

With the contribution of John Cage, the exhibition assembles works in echo of the American composer’s philosophy when he wittily affirmed to be “for birds and not for the cages in which men put them” 1 and called for freedom for sounds. The exhibition takes its title from the artist’s words in an interview series published in the 1976 book “For the Birds. Let the Sounds Go Where They Will therefore breaks down into a few major themes recurrent in John Cage’s work: sound, silence, chance and disinclination.

This exhibition proposes a sound landscape, inviting visitors to the motionless travel suggested in Henry David Thoreau’s words: “live at home like a traveler”.

Indeed, Cage admired Thoreau greatly and dedicated certain of these pieces to him. The presented works therefore rely on the evocative power of sounds, between hymn to Nature, found noises and the poetry of silence.

The exhibition includes an exceptional CNAP loan to the Frac Franche-Comté of over 80 artworks linked to the problematic of sound and music in the realm of fine arts.
Let The Sounds Go Where They Will
therefore continues the exploration of time through the prism of
sound begun by the FRAC in 2005 and extended in 2013 with the Ryoji Ikeda test pattern [n°4] project and
Sound-Houses #1 project2 devoted to Alvin Lucier and Tom Johnson. Likewise, the CNAP has pursued
this research through acquisitions and distribution projects like the national event Diagonales, initiated in

Exhibition curator
: Sébastien Faucon, head of the CNAP fine arts collections and Sylvie Zavatta, director
of the Frac Franche-Comté

Opening hours & admission
Wednesday to Friday, 2 PM to 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 2 PM to 7 PM
Full admission: €4
Reduced admission: €2
Free: school groups, under-18s and every Sunday


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Dernière mise à jour le 01 oct. 2014
FRAC Franche-Comté
Cité des arts / 2, passage des arts
25000 Besançon, Doubs (25)
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