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The original VJ

In 1965, composer John Cage -- infamous for his piece 4'33", in which the musician remains silent for four minutes and 33 seconds -- developed a multimedia event that would include dancers, composers and video artists. As choreographer Merce Cunningham and dancers from his company dashed across the stage, they would trigger photocells attached to a tape recorder, so that movement would be directly dictating sound. Early video artist Nam June Paik would project TV imagery on screens around the dancers. While no documents from that specific performance are in Thomas Solomon Gallery's current Paik show, the stills of Cunningham superimposed over other figures, the funny robot with a light bulb head and the free-associating TV set recall that energy. 27 Bernard St., Chinatown; through Dec. 21. (323) 275-1687, thomassolomongallery.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Dec. 21, 2013

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