El hilo del tiempo (acción en el happening colectivo «El tren de John Cage. A la búsqueda del silencio perdido», trenes de la red ferroviaria de Bolonia, 26-28 de junio de 1978) (The Thread of Time [action in the collective happening "The John Ca

Esther Ferrer

San Sebastián, Spain, 1937
Roberto Masotti - Ravenna, Italy, 1947 - Milan, Italy, 2022 (Photograph)
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    Gelatin silver print on paper
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    Full bleed image: 32 x 24,3 cm
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    Photography, Performance
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  • Donation of Esther Ferrer and the Angels gallery, Barcelona, 2010

Esther Ferrer has been doing performances since 1967, seeing them as: “A basic art, anchored in reality, not allowing for too much stylistic elaboration.” The image, taken by photographer Roberto Masotti, documents an action Ferrer performed with Zaj group colleagues Juan Hidalgo and Walter Marchetti, as part of the collective happening El tren de John Cage. A la búsqueda del silencio perdido (The John Cage Train. In Search of Lost Silence). The event was organised by the composer John Cage and ran for three days (the 26th, 27th and 28th of June 1978) in Bologna, Italy. On a train, which had a different destination each day, passengers took part in a series of sound actions and performances connected to the concept of Cage’s Musicircus. Esther Ferrer’s intervention in one of the carriages was to fill the space with threads. The trail left by her performance created a spatial installation that involved the participating audience: the route that the threads marked out was connected to time and the way it is represented, and brought a visual element to Cage’s speculative proposal on sound and silence, which was added to by the sounds recorded on each of the three journeys.

Concha Calvo Salanova