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TERRY FOX & JOSEPH BEUYS: »ISOLATION UNIT«
Basement at Düsseldorf Art Academy on Nov 26, 1970
Organization, acquisition of individual materials, electric lighting, photo shoots by Dietmar Kirves
art information #2
15 pages, 21x30cm, 200 Expl., stapled, stamped Terry Fox Hauptstrom, mediacontact Düsseldorf 1971
Location + Views + Plot + Dedication + Addressees + Stamp + Review + Letter + Booklet + Literature

art information #2PLOT: The performance was a collaboration between Terry Fox and Joseph Beuys involving many elements of sound. The first sound heard on the record is Terry Fox striking an eight-inch pipe with a one-inch iron pipe. The mouth of the pipe is directed toward a window frame containing four panes of glass. The pipe is struck and acoustically dead spots are searched for in the glass by listening to the echo. When those spots are found, the glass is shattered. There is a candle burning behind the window frame. When all of the panes are broken, the wooden cross is knocked out of the frame and an attempt is made to bend the candle flame with the sound wave enamating from the pipe. Then the small pipe is struck on the floor in search for the dead spots in the glass of a burning light bulb. At this time, Beuys begins eating a Cherimoya fruit, spitting the seeds one at a time into a small silver bowl at his feet. These two sounds continue simulta¬neously until the fruit is consumed.

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Location cellar at Art Academy
Location in the basement of the Academy of Arts | Meeting during daylight hours

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VIEWS:

Location Keller der Kunstakademie
Joseph Beuys in his felt suit for the first time during the action
Felt as a suit cut and sewn, ca. 188 x 72 x 22 cm

 
Location Keller der Kunstakademie
Joseph Beuys and Tery Fox during the action

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DEDICATION:

Widmungen von Terry Fox
Original | 210 x 297 mm | Filzschreiber | gestempelt

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ADRESSEES:

Adressaten 1
 
Adressaten 2
Original | 210 x 297 mm | Kugelschreiber | Filzstift | Signatur gestempelt

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REVIEW:

JOSEPH B's DEATH MOUSE, A macabre ceremony in the academy basement. Review by Helga Meister in Düsseldorfer Nachrichten on 11.26.1970: No animal will ever have received such a funeral ceremony as the poor mouse of the art professor Joseph Beuys, which died a few days ago. In the farthest corner of the art academy cellar, there, where one already thinks to be lost, an action took place, which was macabre and bizarre at the same time, appeared meaningless-naïve and always also released time-critical aspects.

At first, Beuys stood apart from the scenic action, but as part of the whole, wrapped in the felt suit that the Berlin gallery René Block offered for sale as a "hand-tailored copy" in an edition of one hundred at this year's art market. A living work of art, in other words. Meanwhile, Californian artist Terry Fox, who had originally intended to be the evening's soloist (the mouse was still alive during pre-planning), squatted cross-legged on the floor, puffing out his courage while smoking. Then, moving on to the ceremony proper, he washed his hands in a small bowl. The soap circulated long and thoroughly, and the sound of the rubbing was broadcast over loudspeakers to the few spectators who watched the event as if spellbound.

Meanwhile, fire in the shape of a cross flickered on the floor; Fox had applied that jelly that Americans use both to cook their camping menus and for napalm bombs. In one corner, a candle burned behind a window that was ajar. Scattered around the room were two iron pipes, symbols, it turned out, of a dull, brutal power.

Terry Fox's other "event" consisted of him banging the two pipes together, creating a monotonous rhythm that was amplified and transmitted through loudspeakers. At the acoustic climaxes, he broke one of each of the four window panes. In the meantime, Beuys had emerged from his corner and held his dead mouse up to the napalm-soaked fire. And while the American beat on the pipes and with the pipes, Beuys let the mouse circle on the tape recorder and seized an Indian Chrispana fruit, whose large hard kernels (enlarged mouse excrement, as it were, according to Beuys) he spat into a waiting bowl. The thudding kernels of one corresponded with the muffled tubular sound of the other.

Beuys after the performance: "A few days ago, my mouse appeared to me in my sleep as a large groundhog, came to me and bit me three times on the hand. When I woke up, I knew that she was dead. And she was dead. After living next to my bed for three years." To Napalm, Terry Fox said nothing.

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STAMP:

beuys fox stempel vornebeuys fox stempel unten
"Terry Fox" geschrieben von Joseph Beuys
Original | 35 x 67 x 40 mm | Holz | Gummiprägung

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LETTER on Feb 5, 1972

Brief von Terry Fox
Original | 278 x 215 mm | Shreibmashine auf Papier

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Literature:

CENTRE POMPIDOU: Joseph Beuys, catalog, Paris 1994

KLOPHAUS, Ute: Sein und Bleiben. Photographie zu Joseph Beuys, in: catalog Bonner Kunstverein 1986

TERRY FOX: Elemental Gestures, Hrsg. Arnold Dreyblatt und Angela Lammert, catalog
— —: Akademie der Künste, Berlin 6. November 2015 - 10. Januar 2016
— —: BAM - Musée des Beaux Arts, Mons 5. März - 12. Juni 2916
— —: Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal 2. Oktober 2016 - 26. Februar 2017
— —: Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern 3. März - 4. Juni 2017

TERRY FOX: ... I wanted to have my mood affect their looks.", Interview, p. 70-81, Hrsg. Willoughby Sharp, Avalanche, New York 1971

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