Art's Birthday is held in memory of the Fluxus artist Robert Filliou. On 17 January 1963, he declared that Art was born exactly 1,000,000 years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Ten years later, he celebrated the 1,000,010th birthday of art at the Neue Galerie in Aachen. This international event, which takes place every year on the 17th of January, is celebrated every year with many parties all over the world.

This year, Antwerp is making it a double celebration. We also take a moment to reflect on John Cage's 'Etudes Australes', composed 50 years ago.

I would be amazed' refers to a fragment of an interview with John Cage. In it he expresses his thoughts on whether our earth is unique or not.

If I tell you as I believe, and I don't believe it religiously, I believe it ... realistically, I believe that this planet is not the only one inhabited. Everything I see in nature suggests the richness of creation rather than the poverty of creation. If we have all these stars and planets and galaxies with only one Earth in the whole situation ... I would be amazed. (John Cage 1982)

"I would be amazed" is looking up at the stars in the sky above Antwerp on the 17th of January.

This image has been analysed by software and transformed into a sound and musical notes.

Join in the celebration of Art's birthday, have a look at your night sky and be amazed on the fact that you are on this extraordinary planet.

Many thanks to Boudewijn Buckinx (interview), Arts , EBU Ars Acustica (satellite uplink)

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