Thursday, November 27th, 2014, 19.00 (opening) MAX NEUHAUS American Can  I Sound Performance I Performers: Everybody who's interested American Can  Sound Performance American Can is a piece in which a large number of any single product manufactured or distributed by  the American Can Company is distributed on the ground, in a large crowd. The quantity of the product  used must be at least enough to completely blanket the area of distribution with one layer. The ground  upon which the product is distributed should be hard enough to insure that a sound is made when the  product is bounced or slid along it. Each piece is labelled with a version title and the words AMERICAN  CAN and Max Neuhaus Sept' 66. [Max Neuhaus, A Max Sampler, in: Source. Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973, issue 5, January 1969] American Can was premiered at the Central Park in New York on September 9th, 1966, as part of the 4th  Annual New York Avant Garde Festival. MAX NEUHAUS Max Neuhaus was born in 1939 in Texas, and spent his childhood in Fishkill, New York. He began his  studies in music at the Manhattan School of Music under Paul Prince’s mentorship. In 1958, he met John  Cage, and this encounter determined his decision to become a professional percussionist. After a solo  tour in Europe in 1965, Neuhaus started developing projects that went beyond the strictly musical  realm; among them were site-specific pieces that he was the first to call “sound installations.” In 1968,  as he started a research residency at the Bell Laboratories, Neuhaus ceased performing as a musician  and fully devoted himself to sound art. Since then, his work has been exhibited internationally in  museums and galleries, including solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1978); Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris (1983); and the Kunsthalle Bern (1989). He was also included in Documentas  6 (1977) and 9 (1992), Kassel, Germany; the Whitney Biennial, New York (1983); and the Venice Biennale  (1999). In 2008, an exhibition of Neuhaus’s drawings was organized by the Menil Collection, Houston,  which coincided with the inauguration of a new installation, Sound Line. Neuhaus passed away in  February 2009 in Italy. []
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