John Cage: Some Rules For Students and Teachers

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."

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.



If you haven't heard the Radiolab podcast about Walter Mischel's famous marshmallow experiment upon which the above video is based, you can find it here.




Dear Friends,

If you're around, I'd love to see you. I'll be showing a few culminating pieces from my first year down in Santa Cruz. The other works and artists are eclectic and impressive. I find that I am very lucky to be in collaboration with some fantastically smart and creative people. First Fridays! It'll be fun. Please join us! If you can't make the opening...work'll be up through June 24th.


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