Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Konzerthausorchester Berlin

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Film & Concert
John Cage 100

103 for orchestra and film One¹¹

“Of course the film will be about the effect of light in an empty space. But no space is actually empty and the light will show what is in it. And all this space and all this light will be controlled by random operations.”
John Cage

Shortly before his death, John Cage realised his vision of a film. It is his first and only film: One¹¹ (1992), a 90-minute black and white film without actors, objects or a plot. A film composition for light with a simple concept. It was realised under the direction of filmmaker and composer Henning Lohner in a Munich television studio with a great deal of technical input and care. The well-known cameraman Van Theodore Carlson executed the composition.
The film One¹¹ can simultaneously be performed with the orchestral work 103 (1991). Without referring directly to one another, each has 17 parts. Each part of the film, the light projection in the completely empty television studio and the motion of a camera mounted on a crane rest on approximately 1200 random operations devised by a computer. In the orchestral work 103 (for 103 interpreters without a conductor), variable time brackets are used in which each of the instruments plays a series of single notes.

John Cage 100

John Cage
103
for orchestra (1991)

One¹¹
Film (1992)

Simultaneous performance

103
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Ilan Volkov, musical coach

One¹¹
Henning Lohner, production · direction
Van Carlson, camera

In cooperation with Konzerthaus Berlin and DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme.
With support by Lohnerranger Film, Music & Art Productions, Ltd.