Apologies to Galen for diverting from his intended topic. I’ll start my own post based on the following paragraph from Galen’s post:
“Some pieces of “music” were even more conceptual, from La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 No. 10 “Draw a straight line and follow it,” which he would actually perform, drawing the aforementioned line in chalk on the floor, to Takehisa Kosugi’s Music for a Revolution which simply instructs “Scoop out one of your eyes 5 years from now and do the same with the other eye 5 years later.” I think we can safely assume that Music for a Revolution is still waiting for its premiere.”
Here are the comments:
My position: Is it helpful to group a Mozart piano sonata and Takehisa Kosugi’s piece for eyeballs in the same artisitic category? Why not call it “conceptual art” (not music) and be done with it.
Response to Evan: No, I don’t think differently about Mozart. Nor do I listen to Mozart differently know being aware of this eyeball thing. Should I?