In 1927 John Cage represented the Los Angeles High School at the age of 15 at an oratorical contest in the Hollywood Bowl, one of the biggest US-American open air stages. His speech addressed the bilateral relations between the US and Latin America and called for a pause in the conflict-driven communication between the two states. According to Cage the dialogue longed for a moment of silence as a caesura to hear what the other person thinks. In his speech Cage questions the notion of a social-political community both as a multiplicity and as a utopia of a democratic community with equal rights. For the 3. Berliner Herbstsalon Alfredo Jaar conceived Andere Menschen denken, a new installation which is part of the artist’s ongoing interest in John Cage.
Alfredo Jaar, born 1956 in Santiago de Chile, lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited worldwide over 75 exhibitions, installations and public interventions, including the Biennale di Venezia (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), the Bienal de São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) and at documenta, Kassel (1987, 2002). Recent exhibitions in Berlin include n.b.k. (2017) and 2. Berliner Herbstsalon at Maxim Gorki Theatre (2015).