Cage: Overpopulation and Art

Alerted by Renewable Music, I just finished listening to Cage’s lecture at Stanford, titled Overpopulation and Art, from 1992, just a few months before his death. It’s available to stream online here.

Cage’s lecture, characteristically witty and optimistically utopian, is underscored, somewhat belied by, a melancholy arising from the nearness, the graspability of such utopia and its simultaneous unattainability. Distance from a goal is rendered meaningful by, and is a function of, the ability to traverse that distance. Never has Utopia seemed so far.

It’s beautiful.