Yves Klein

Yves Klein directing Symphony Monotone (Gelsenkirschen, 1959).
(Photograph: The Yves Klein Archive)

During this period of concentration, I created, around 1947–1948, a “monotone” symphony whose theme expresses what I wished my life to be.

This symphony of forty minutes duration (although that is of no importance, as one will see) consisted of one unique continuous “sound,” drawn out and deprived of its beginning and of its end, creating a feeling of vertigo and of aspiration outside of time. Thus, even in its presence, this symphony does not exist. It exists outside of the phenomenology of time because it is neither born nor will it die. However, in the world of our possibilities of conscious perception, it is silence – audible presence.

(Klein, 2003, Overcoming the problematics of art)

[youtube http://youtu.be/Hr2AT0GFfKI]
Yves Klein directing Symphony Monotone

Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein
(Photograph: The Yves Klein Archive)

This entry was posted in Orchestra, Performance, Sound Film, Symphony and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s