As a freelance artist educator for October Gallery, I plan and deliver workshops for young people in response to current exhibitions.
In November 2018, I worked with groups of 15-21 year olds to experiment with sound, using the I Ching as a compositional tool. Using Tian Wei's interest in the In Ching as a starting point, we got to grips with the coin toss method, and then listened to works by John Cage. We explored ideas in Cage's works and later Fluxus pieces, which sought to remove the artists' hand, seeing it as inextricably linked to elitist ideas of art and power dynamics of artist genius and passive viewer.
Young people then experimented with and chose 64 sounds, made using everyday objects, instruments and art materials, and cast the I Ching to determine the order in which we performed the sounds.