Interdeterminacy is a large scale graphic notation for a music performance comprised of hundreds of mushroom spores collected about an hour north of Los Angeles where Cage was born. Cage, who was an avid mushroom collector, often quipped that music and mushrooms have nothing to do with one another except for the fact that they appear next to each other in the dictionary. This work combines Cage’s interests in mushrooms and music and is intended to be interpreted through a series of performances accompanying the exhibition of the work.
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An excerpt of Interdeterminacy as performed by Experimental Music Unit: Tina Pearson: Flute; George Tzanetakis: Bass Clarinet; Paul Walde; Electric Bass

Interdeterminacy is featured on the album Music for Mycologists by Experimental Music Unit and is available here

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012 Installation view at Legacy Galleries, Victoria, BC. 2013-2014

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012 Installation detail at Legacy Galleries, Victoria, BC. 2013-2014

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 1, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 2, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 3, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 4, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 5, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 6, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 7, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012, detail panel 8, mushroom spores on primed wood panel with MSA UV inhibiting acrylic varnish, 48”(h) x 24”(w)

Interdeterminacy (for John Cage) 2010- 2012 Installation view at Surrey Art Gallery 2014-2015