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.