Ben Patterson Scores: A Modest Proposal

    Ben Patterson, String Music, 1960. Getty Research Institute.  Benjamin Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, 1961. The concert was part of the exhibition Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FLUX/us November 6, 2010 - January 23, 2011 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. By all accounts Ben Patterson is a Fluxus pioneer. Even George Maciunas [ma-Chew-nis], the Andre Breton of Fluxus, places him at the beginnings of Fluxus.  See here one of  … [Read more...]

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Fear Eats the Soul

       Talking About Relational Aesthetics by John Perreault 2011       What Is Relational Aesthetics?   Formulated by French curator Nicolas Bourriaud to explain the work of his favored artists, Relational Aesthetics is difficult to pin down. Maybe it's like jazz. When Louis Armstrong was asked what jazz was, he answered, "If you have to ask, you'll never know." But Armstrong was not a French intellectual steeped, stewed or pickled in "theory."   In … [Read more...]