A celebration that comprises music, contemporary art, gastronomy, and outdoor disciplines in events that bring together national and international creatives with participants from all over the world, Cappadox is back this year with the theme “Silence.” Thanks to the great interest of Cappadox-goers and Cappadocia residents, the celebration was extended to take place over 6 days, and will be held from June 14-19 with the main sponsorship of Volkswagen, inviting its audience to question what silence is and what they hear ad perceive in the absence of sound. Those who wish to postpone their vacation after the religious holiday and want to avoid the traffic jam will be able to experience Cappadox.
Fulya Erdemci and Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu (Yardımcı) undertake the responsibility of curating the contemporary arts program of Cappadox and decide on the theme through a contemporary art movement every year. This year’s contemporary arts program gets its inspiration from John Cage’s approach to his incidental music which centers around the concept of silence while building temporality. He radicalized his approach in 1952 with his groundbreaking 4’33” performance. On the day of it’s premiere the audience sat in “pure silence,” awaiting his newest composition. The environmental sounds that were made while sitting and waiting became the piece; usually, silence marks the beginning or the end of a performance, however, in 4’33” silence is the performance. Pointing to unintentional and un-notated sounds, 4’33” calls for a conscious awareness of what is happening around us / to us.
“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear,” says John Cage, for whom silence was never absolute.
The contemporary arts program of Cappadox 2018 will take place between 14 June-9 July 2018.