31 August 2014, 2-4pm
Sculpture 4 in Allan Kaprow: YARD 1961/2014
As part of the Hepworth Gallery's rendition of Allan Kaprow's YARD installation, a room filled with car tyres, David Toop and Rie Nakajima will be holding one of their Sculpture series of sound events in the installation. As one of the 'sculptures' in Sculpture 4 a recently formed improvising group of musicians and artists from the London Collage of Communication including myself have been invited to perform and interact with the space. This will be a meeting of different concepts and approaches incorporating free improvisation with the idea of performance as sculpture in time and Kaprow's philosophy of the Happening (events as art).
YARD 1961/2014 at the Hepworth
"YARD is one of Kaprow’s earliest Environments, conceived by the artist as a transient, temporary work that invites public participation. Like most of his works, YARD was also conceived with the possibility of being re-staged, both by Kaprow himself during his lifetime, and also by others. Kaprow described all subsequent manifestations as 'reinventions', with an emphasis on reinterpreting the original idea rather than remaking as a direct copy. YARD has been re-invented over 23 times, though unlike many of his activities or environments, there are no definitive instructions, only hand-written notes and images of previous versions, allowing the work to be re-conceived each time it is presented."
Sculpture, Rie Nakajima and David Toop
"In their conversation for OTO Broadcast on Resonance FM, Rie Nakajima and David Toop talked about events as sculpture, the duration of objects and the weight of actions. Sculpture is an experience that proposes a strategy, working to subvert the routines of performance as entertainment, lecture as information, literature fixed to the page, the conventions of duration, the direction of light and occupation of a space.
Does the sculptor have to be present, or make things? Always end with a question?"