| ||John Cage|
Changing Installation, 1991
Mattress Factory's Collaboration with
The Carnegie International
500 Sampsonia Way, fourth floor
|With its distinctive space, the Mattress Factory was a constituent of the 1991 Carnegie International, the 51st in a series of contemporary art exhibitions of The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. |
Every day the camera, positioned according to another script, made a chronicle of the changing gallery, registering the impact of an additional element: the natural light.
| ||John Cage planned the installation for the full fourth floor of 500 Sampsonia Way. He made a grid of the gallery floor and walls, and assigned a number to each grid space. A computer program generated random patterns for placement of the wall-hung works and the chairs. |
The plan for the exhibition blocked out instructions. Each day the curator hung the 15 works of art and placed the chairs designated by the plan.
|This is part of John Cage's script for the placement of art works, showing instructions for the first 6 days. The full script covered 103 days. |
The first column indicates the day. The other typed numbers represent the works to be presented, the handprinted numbers their positions on the wall. On Day #1, for example, the curator placed work #5 in position #30, work #9 in position #44, and so on.
| ||This is from John Cage's script for the selection, placement and position of the chairs, showing the first 6 days. The full script covered 103 days. |
The first number represents the position on the floor, and the second number the angle of the chair. (The red handwritten letters identify the chairs by style: Arne Jacobson, Bertoia, Stick, Empire, Steel, 30s Lawn.) On Day #1, Chair #1 was placed in position #62 on the floor, at an angle of 113 degrees. Chair #3 was not used.