Methods & Processes

Methods & Processes
Author: Benjamin Patterson
Publisher: Incertain Sens
Language: English
Pages: 12
Size: 27 x 19 cm
Weight: 66 g
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9782914291460
Availability: In stock
Price: €7.00
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The facsimile of the pioneering work of artistic experiments of the 1960s, set of poems-scores and collages at the origin of the most radical Fluxus performances (leporello).

Methods & Processes , a pioneering work of artistic experimentations of the 1960s, has remained in almost total confidentiality to date: published in 1962 in Paris at one hundred copies at the author's expense, it had become impossible to find because of its fragility and Restricted. This facsimile, produced from the only copy still in the hands of the artist, is therefore a rare opportunity to rediscover this essential work.
Combining poems and scores with press images, Methods & Processes anticipates, by its form and content, subsequent publications such as An Anthology by La Monte Young, Water Yam by George Brecht , and De-coll / age of Wolf Vostell . Its structure made of sequences of instructions, its composition using the repetition as the rupture of the speech, its presentation in leporello allowing to play with the order of the texts, the very nature of the given instructions, all agree to place the reader, not in the usual position of the receiver but in that of the actor of the text.
Moreover, it is this actionist and interactive dimension that allowed the interpretation of these score-poems as Fluxus performances, posing Ben Patterson as one of the major players of this period. Thus, "Lick Piece", who saw Letty Lou Eisenhauer delivered naked and covered with whipped cream at the mouths of the audience in New York in 1964, remains one of the most radical Fluxus plays.
Bertrand Clavez

Artist and radical musician , Benjamin Patterson (1934, Pittsburgh - 2016, Wiesbaden) is one of the founders of Fluxus .