Ordinary People: Nuit Blanche Toronto

Ordinary People - Nuit Blanche

Forwarded Press Release
Public Action during Nuit Balnche
A call for action to all ordinary people from ordinary people.

Toronto, Ontario Oct 03, 2008 "I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and see a gala of a bunch of people at, you know, a rich gala all subsidized by taxpayers claiming their subsidies aren't high enough, when they know those subsidies have actually gone up - I'm not sure that's something that resonates with ordinary people," Harper said in Saskatoon, where he was campaigning for the Oct. 14 election.

The artist collective Ordinary People rejects the recent statements made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and calls upon ordinary people to show their support of the arts. This is a call for action to all ordinary people from ordinary people.

At midnight on Saturday, October 4th we ask you to STOP for 4 minutes 33 seconds and hold up a piece of paper displaying the word ART. (John Cage, 4'33")*

In his first detailed defense of $45-million in controversial cuts to arts and culture funding, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper called his party's decisions good governance and said the government must walk "a fine line" between providing financial stability and "funding things that people actually don't want."

Mr. Harper himself took the piano "very seriously" and eventually passed the Royal Conservatory of Music's Grade 9 examinations, demonstrating considerable proficiency at the keyboard, and said that although he "had a bit of talent," he was held back because his hands shook when he was nervous, a trait he later outgrew. "For the first half year I was in lessons, we didn't have a piano and I would actually practice for my lessons on a cardboard keyboard, so I would only hear it for the first time when I actually sat down and had the lessons," he said. IN RECOGNITION OF MR. HARPER'S EARLY INTEREST, "ORDINARY PEOPLE" HAVE CHOSEN A PIANO WORK BY JOHN CAGE FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION.

4'33" (Four minutes, thirty-three seconds) by composer John Cage

4'33" (Four minutes, thirty-three seconds) by composer John Cage instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece. Although commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty- three seconds of silence", the piece actually consists of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed.

About "Ordinary People"

The artist collective, Ordinary People believes that everyone benefits in a society that respects and promotes culture. Ordinary People includes students from the Ontario College of Art & Design and the internationally renowned artist ORLAN. We ask that you distribute this as fast as you can, by however means. We thank you

Ordinary People Artist Collective
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