Eyjafjallajökull 4'33": a Stillness in Three Parts.

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This paper uses the work and musical theory of the composer John Cage as a point of departure for considering the disruption caused by the ash cloud originating at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Mobility has been defined as a constellation of movement, representation and practice; this definition is used to structure an analysis of what Eyjafjallajökull meant for the pace of air travel, how it unsettles common-place cultural understandings of air travel, and what it could mean for the practice of aeromobility in the future. The literature on stillness is engaged to inform a discussion of air travel, with the airport as its exemplar space, and its potential to act as a focal point for debate on the nature of contemporary citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Eyjafjallajökull
  • Airports
  • John Cage
  • Rhythm
  • Stillness
  • Aeromobility

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