Thursday, 13 January 2011

John Cage: Rules for Students and Teachers

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.
Rule 2: General Duties of a Student: Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.
Rule 3: General Duty of a Teacher: Pull everything out of your students.
Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.
Rule 5: 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 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things. You can fool the fans-- but not the players.
Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.
Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.
Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for 'x' quantities.
Helpful 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 and often. Save everything. It may come in handy later. 
via Alison Sant and The Spiral Staircase

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