Sunday, October 27, 2013

BONERS FOR BOOKS: GRAPEFRUITS


When it comes to performance art, it's hard to beat a master, like beloved Fluxus artist Yoko Ono.  BSD reader Chris recently sent me a 1970 edition of Ono's classic instructional art guide "Grapefruits".  Incidentally, grapefruits also one of my favorite snacks (I even have a crisper full to prove it).

A small sampling of some of my favorites "pieces":

PAINTING FOR THE WIND

Make a hole.
Leave it in the wind.

1961 autumn

SLEEPING PIECE I

Write all the things you want to do.
Ask others to do them and sleep
until they finish doing them.
Sleep as long as you can.

SLEEPING PIECE II

Write all the things you intend to do.
Show that to somebody.
Let him sleep for you until you
finish doing them.
Do for as long as you can.

1960 winter

SMOKE PIECE

Smoke everything you can.
Including your pubic hair.

1964 spring

BEAT PIECE

Listen to a heartbeat.

This was first performed in 1965 at the East End Theatre, New York, by people coming on stage and lying on each other's body to listen.

PROMISE PIECE

Promise.

This was first performed in Jeanette Cockrane Theatre in London, 1966.  Yoko Ono, as the last piece of the night, broke a vase on the stage and asked people to pick up the pieces and take them home, promising that they would all meet again in 10 years time with the pieces and put the vase together again.  Second performance was by a male performer in Tokyo calling a female performer in New York, 1964, at the Plaza Hotel; third performance by a solo performer calling a person in Kitazawa flat, 1962; fourth performance by a man in Chinatown phone booth, New York, calling a person at Chambers Street loft, New York, 1961; fifth performance, an elephant in Paris calling a parrot in New Guinea, 1959 -- all calls being about future meetings.  Call or write about future meetings or any other plans. 
 



As many of you may know, Ono is also an accomplished musician.  Here is one of my all-time favorite songs, "Revelations" accompanied by Cat Power, from her collaborative album "Yes, I'm a Witch":

 

2 comments:

  1. Yo Brawny Man, looking exceptionally HAWT these day, but alas, we'd never work... I hate grapefruit. Wah! :o(

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  2. Thank you for such a beautiful presentation and all the effort. Loved it. You're awesome. I hope you enjoy the book. At one point Yoko recommended burning it after consuming it, but I think you should hold on to it.

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