296. April 28th…10 Rules…by John Cage…..

“Swimming Pool Wall” 2009

“Destiny is no matter of chance.
It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for,
it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan

I reread John Cages’ 10 rules for students and teachers…and after reading them over a few times found the rules do not apply to students and teachers…they apply to anyone who is willing to step out of their box and make a move towards something with real comittment…I found each rule has applications to an artist’s life…..and are relatively simplistic to follow….it is a question of just doing them…and doing them consistently….

Here are the rules….

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student – pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher – pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: be self-disciplined – this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything – it might come in handy later.

Artists must have rules to work by…a series of cannons much like those for drawing and painting have to apply to the work ethic of an artist….the amount of artistic results are directly proportionate to the amount of work one produces….and producing more work will always produce very interesting results….

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment…..RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make….and RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.. are where I seem to be at these days with my work….although every rule is valid…..I’ve put a copy of these rules in my studio…and when I doubt….I reread them and it…all makes sense…

and who better than……..

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