Marcel Duchamp and John Cage

Shigeko Kubota

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Staff Picks Marcel Duchamp and John Cage
Shigeko Kubota

28 Minutes
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)

Staff Picks

February 1-29, 2024

In this elegiac work, Kubota explores the relationship between two of the most influential figures in twentieth century art and music. The core images are Kubota’s own photographs of the famous 1968 chess match between Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, in which the board, wired for sound, functioned as a musical instrument. Recordings of Cage’s compositions accompany the stills and video footage, which Kubota electronically processes to abstraction.

Co-presented with the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation as the February 2024 edition of e-flux Film’s Staff Picks.

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Film, Avant-Garde
Video Art, Experimental Film, Dada, Sound Art, Japan, USA, Fluxus
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Shigeko Kubota was born in 1937 in Niigata, Japan and died in 2015. She received a B.A. in sculpture from Tokyo University of Education, and studied at New York University and the New School for Social Research. In 1964, she moved to New York; in the same year she became the Vice Chairman of the Fluxus Organization. She taught at the School of Visual Arts, and was video artist-in-residence at both Brown University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1974 to 1982 she was the video curator at Anthology Film Archives. Kubota was the recipient of numerous grants and awards and her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Toyama Museum of Art, Japan. Kubota’s video sculptures, installations, and videos have been exhibited internationally and she participated in the 1990 Venice Biennale and the 1990 Sydney Biennale. Kubota lived in New York and Miami until her death in 2015.


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